The Supreme Court Is the Final Word on Nothing

It, too, can be checked and balanced.

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Overturning Roe Will Not Make America More Democratic

Far from it.

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At Madison’s Montpelier, a Fight Over Power for Slaves’ Descendants

A group has accused the majority-white board that operates the Virginia estate of the nation’s fourth president of thwarting an agreement to share control.

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When a Supreme Court Justice Probably Endorsed Perjury

Taking a close look at John Marshall and the Marbury v. Madison case.

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The Whole Point of the Constitution Was to Weaken the States

There’s a reason Madison was a federalist. 

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On the Filibuster, Joe Manchin Thinks James Madison Is on His Side. Nope.

Arguments about the filibuster need the right context.

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A Record Number of Journalists Jailed

Authoritarian leaders are waging a war against the free press.

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If James Madison Weighed In on Politics Today

Readers discuss James Madison and the role of Congress today. Also: Expanding the fight for abortion rights; a proposal for the National Mall.

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There Is Another Democrat A.O.C. Should Be Mad At

The monumental scale of the Build Back Better plan raises a difficult question: Is a fleeting and narrow majority enough for making history?

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What Makes Change Possible?

The failures of the Articles of Confederation have a lot to teach us about the conditions that make new forms of government feasible. 

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Why I Ask More of America Than We Can Get

Our rules and institutions exist for us and our flourishing, not for their own sake.

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When Is a ‘Majority’ Not Actually a Majority?

The problem of the “constitutional majority” in American politics.

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How George Washington Tried to Heal the Political Divide

As president, he went on the road to pull the new nation together.

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In Nearly All Other Democracies, This Is Not Normal

The two-year House term has profound consequences for our government — and too many of them are negative.

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Would the Founders Convict Trump and Bar Him From Office?

They believed as a matter of civic principle that ethical leadership is the glue that holds a constitutional republic together.

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Mitch McConnell Should Leave the History Lessons to Others

The framers did not want a Senate supermajority to be required to pass ordinary legislation.

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What About the Rest of the Constitution?

Amy Coney Barrett’s originalism ignores the significance of the second American Revolution.

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Donald Trump’s Alternate Constitutional Reality

The president — and Congress — should stop outsourcing the defense of the Constitution to judges.

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There’s a Reason the Election of 1800 Still Sings Out to Us

And it’s not only because of Hamilton and Burr.

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Anti-Lockdown Rebels Don’t Get to Choose Their Own Constitution

Protesters in Michigan who sought to intimidate the governor and the Legislature with a show of arms aren’t just misreading the Second Amendment.

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