One intention the framers had when creating the U.S. Constitution was to “provide for the common defense.” But who shoulders that duty has not always been so clear.

  • Dec 4, 2017

What was the original point of the Second Amendment? We examine its colonial and revolutionary roots — plus its quiet companion, the Third Amendment — with renowned American history scholar Gordon Wood.

  • Nov 20, 2017

The words "marriage" and "love" appear nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. Yet 50 years ago, the Supreme Court issued a decision that would embed those concepts in the heart of the document itself.

  • Nov 6, 2017

"There is so much feeling of racial injustice around the issue of punishment. And you have to understand that those feelings have a history -- and that history is Parchman Farm."

  • Oct 23, 2017

In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that states must offer a defense attorney to all poor people accused of crimes. The decision transformed the concept of fair trials in America, but left major challenges to the justice system today.

  • Oct 9, 2017

Is it a feature or a bug of the amendment process that an idea of James Madison's, more than 200 years ago, could be recently resurrected and etched into the U.S. Constitution?

  • Sep 25, 2017

When the United States changed its process for electing senators, did that lead to a decline in state power? Or did it instead bring us closer to a "more perfect union"?

  • Sep 11, 2017

From the American Revolution through today, women have been leading a long-burning rebellion to gain rights not originally guaranteed under the Constitution.

  • Aug 28, 2017

As powerful as it was to change the Constitution after the Civil War, and enshrine racial equality into our governing document, that wasn’t enough to change the reality of life in America.

  • Aug 21, 2017

Eliminating managers is just the first step in his ambition. (Zappos hotels or ‘porta-parties,’ anyone?)

  • Dec 5, 2015
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