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    Maryland’s Attempts to Cut Off NSA Utilities Are Unconstitutional

    Since the Edward Snowden leaks to The Guardian began last year, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been a political hot potato. Yet, whatever you think of the NSA, it is clearly a federal agency authorized by federal statute. Some lawmakers in the state of Maryland—home to the NSA’s headquarters … More

    Speech Restrictions on National Mall Violate the Constitution

    As the government “shutdown” drags on, Washington’s National Mall remains closed to the general public. Not everyone, however, is forbidden to set foot on the mall. The National Park Service (NPS) has posted signs indicating that certain portions of the mall are closed “except for 1st Amendment activities.” A planned … More

    Public Opinion and the Supreme Court

    A recent Rasmussen poll shows that public approval of the Supreme Court of the United States is at an all-time low. Only 28 percent of those surveyed gave the Supreme Court a “good” or “excellent” rating, while the justices’ “poor” rating has risen to 30 percent. This negative rating is … More

    Can the President Raise the Debt Ceiling by Himself?

    As the federal government once again approaches the debt ceiling, partisans are again pulling out the heavy artillery: Don’t bother negotiating with Republicans on taxes and spending, they tell the President, just declare the debt ceiling in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and ignore it. As a matter of law, … More

    Mark Levin on the Election and Constitutional Government

    The event is now over. We will have an archived video as soon as it is available. Now that the people have spoken, it is time to hear “the Great One,” Mark Levin. As the concluding event in our Preserve the Constitution series, Heritage is honored to host talk-radio legend … More

    House Committee Examines Obama's Unconstitutional Appointments

    President Obama’s illegal non-recess appointments are unconstitutional and defy the process the Founding Fathers intended, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) told a House committee Wednesday. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited a handful of constitutional law experts to discuss the four controversial appointments Obama made in January. Citing delays … More

    D.C. Voting Deception: Release the Secret Memo

    Ed Whelan has a strong column in yesterday’s Washington Post on the Attorney General’s attempt to suppress an Office of Legal Counsel opinion concluding that the pending D.C. “voting rights” bill is unconstitutional. (We share that view.) This is not, as the Post had put it previously, a case of … More

    Obama Lawyers: D.C. Vote Bill Unconstitutional

    Chalk up a big loss for constitutional rule of law, thanks to an Obama Administration sleight-of-hand reported on the front page of today’s Washington Post. When the Executive Branch needs legal advice, it goes to the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice. OLC is like an in-house … More

    A Republic - If You Can Keep It

     Tonight, The Heritage Foundation will host Judge Robert Bork as part of our Jospeh Story Distinguished Lecture Series. RSVP to the event here.  The Center for Legal and Judicial Studies is honored to host Judge Robert Bork as the inaugural speaker of our aptly named Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture Series. … More