A special project on the constitutional debates in American life, in partnership with the National Constitution Center
Support for this project was provided by the Madison Initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. (More)
Election corruption can’t be solved by corrupt elections, so the Founders devised a special solution: impeachment.
The Founders gave the executive branch immense authority—but also counted on the people to hold their leaders in check.
The American experiment requires virtuous leaders who place the public good over their own personal or partisan interests.
I was part of a team that carefully developed a rule-making process in compliance with both the Constitution and Congress’s laws. Can the same be said now?
The experience of participating in the state-sanctioned killing of another human being has shaped me forever—and is why I believe this country should not pursue federal capital punishment.
America’s political leaders like to talk a big game about proper constitutional conduct and high-minded principles, but the history of impeachment reveals that partisanship is a more powerful motivator.
By hearing this case about the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court is declaring itself the only appropriate forum for remedying constitutional violations.
Advocates are arguing that the Thirteenth Amendment prohibits usurious loans.
Defenders of the Electoral College argue that it was created to combat majority tyranny and support federalism, and that it continues to serve those purposes. This stance depends on a profound misunderstanding of the history of the institution.
The president’s defenders argue that U.S. foreign policy is whatever he says it is. Trouble is, that’s not what the Constitution says.
And “attempted” bribery, even if unsuccessful, is still bribery all the same.
A consistent reading of the Constitution suggests that the current process of succession is constitutional—and that barring Trump from running again would not be.
Progressives used to argue that the Constitution doesn’t see race. Now conservatives have weaponized that same idea.
More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.
Congress should empower itself to more easily overturn Supreme Court decisions.
The same rules don’t apply now that the House has begun a formal impeachment inquiry.
And that means it’s Congress’s job to set boundaries around presidential power.
There’s no need to debate “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Bribery is enough for removal.
The American republic has lasted for more than two tumultuous centuries. But can it survive Donald Trump?
Recent cases have claimed that our founding document doesn’t defend noncitizens—even on American soil.
The organization has proved it can’t be trusted to fairly review nominees.