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    Speaker of the House: Speaking Up

    Recently, The Washington Post reported that Representative Eric Cantor (R–VA) seems to be taking steps that would position him to become the next Speaker of the House. In any event, the next Speaker—whether it’s Cantor, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, or someone else—will join a tradition that stretches back exactly 225 … More

    I Solemnly Swear to Support the Government?

    When lawmakers were debating how to end the federal government shutdown and whether they should authorize Washington to borrow even more money by raising the debt ceiling, Representative David Scott (D–GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives and asked for a minute to speak. The legislation was … More

    The History of Declaring War

    With the full Senate vote to come on whether to authorize air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, it would be useful to have a well-established threshold regarding the authorization of military strikes. But there isn’t one. As Kim Holmes outlines in a Washington Times op-ed, the recent history … More

    10 Steps to Save the Constitution

    Constitution Day is next Monday, September 17. It will mark the 225th anniversary of our nation’s founding charter. Much like the document itself, Constitution Day doesn’t get the fanfare it deserves. But let’s not allow the day to go unobserved this year. Here are 10 steps you can take to … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Know What the Constitution Really Means?

    With a handful of words, the Founders set forth a simple principle that protects a central liberty enjoyed by all in this Republic — the freedom of speech, as recognized in the First Amendment. Yet after more than 200 years of history, liberals in Congress — including House Minority Leader … More

    Now Online: The Heritage Guide to the Constitution

    The Constitution made a comeback these past few years. In 2009, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) replied to a question about the constitutionality of Obamacare with “Are you serious?” The American people were serious. They began carrying the Constitution everywhere, read it to their representatives, and then elected new Members … More