The Battle for the Constitution

A special project on the constitutional debates in American life, in partnership with the National Constitution Center

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To Try a President

Should Richard Nixon have faced criminal prosecution? A never-before-published article from 1974, written by a leading legal scholar, offers answers that speak to the present.

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The Great Free-Speech Reversal

Liberals once believed that private corporations have far too much power over the flow of ideas and information in today’s society. Now it’s conservatives who are worried.

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The Mess Congress Could Make

The Bush v. Gore fight has become the template of a disputed election, but many of the worst-case scenarios could end up before Congress, not the Court.