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    Harry Reid and the Nuclear Option: A Shortsighted Alternative to Senate Deliberation

    Earlier this week, Senate Republicans halted the confirmation of Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit, making it the third nomination to that court as part of President Obama’s court-packing plan to fail in the last month. Now there are reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) may attempt to … More

    2013 Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture: Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain

    It is unmistakable that our current Supreme Court plays a robust role in our republic. And according to Joseph Story, that is what the Founders intended. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy have recently weighed in with their perspectives on the scope of judicial power. In August … More

    What Is a “Reasonable” “Search” or “Seizure” in the Age of New Technologies?

    The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting “unreasonable searches and seizures.” However difficult it previously may have been to define a “reasonable” search or seizure, 21st-century technology makes that job far more difficult. There is virtually no aspect of life that cannot be captured, analyzed, and stored in 0s … More

    The Last Stand: The Fight of State Attorneys General to Preserve Federalism

    On Thursday, September 12, the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation along with the State Government Leadership Foundation is hosting four state attorneys general—Scott Pruitt (Oklahoma), Derek Schmidt (Kansas), Luther Strange (Alabama), and Alan Wilson (South Carolina)—in the first of a seven-event Preserve the … More

    A Constitution for the 21st Century

    Economists often point to the “wisdom of crowds”—the idea that a group of people is likely to make better decisions that an individual will. Then again, your mother probably taught you the importance of individualism when she admonished you that “if everyone else jumps off a bridge, would you do … More

    Security and Liberty: How to Maximize Both

    The horrific terrorist attack in Boston this week, and the ensuing investigation to find the person or persons responsible, once again highlight the age-old question: How must America balance security and liberty? We at The Heritage Foundation cherish both individual liberty and security and have written about both before and … More

    Providing for the Common Defense

    America was founded on the blood, sweat, and tears of ordinary, brave colonists who accomplished extraordinary things in waging a war for their independence and founding a new government. And in that great experiment that was the Constitution, the Framers made national defense a primary responsibility of the federal government. … More

    10 Ways to Celebrate Constitution Day

    September 17th is Constitution Day. 224 years ago, America’s Founders ratified a new Constitution that would form a more perfect union and secure the blessings of liberty. Here are 10 easy ways you and your family can celebrate Constitution day: 1)      Read it. The Constitution is only a few pages … More

    Can U.S. Senators Be Recalled?

    In Arizona, Louisiana and a few other states, well-meaning citizens would like to recall their U.S senators. Fair enough. But while this opinion represents a commendable movement to make Congress more accountable for its actions, it tramples on the U.S. Constitution and undermines the rule of law. Contrary to popular … More