May 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
The head of Germany's special Nazi war crimes agency, Kurt Schrimm, announced Monday that his office would soon turn over to state prosecutors the results of investigations into war crimes allegedly committed by several former concentration camp guards. As many as 20 men and women could be ...[read more]
January 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Article II section 35 of the Oklahoma Constitution enacted in 2004 by State ...[read more]
October 9, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) filed suit on Wednesday challenging the inclusion of three abortion-related amendments in the state budget passed in June. Filed on behalf of a Cleveland-based women's health clinic, the ACLU claims that the amendments violate a state constitution ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Kyle Webster
The War Powers Clause is found in Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the US Constitution. It reads, "The Congress shall have Power... To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." Article II, Section 3 explicitly names the President as ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Sarah Steers
The separation of powers doctrine incorporated into the US Constitution includes the ability to declare and enter war. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the ability to declare war. Article II, Section 2 grants power of the US armed forces to the President as Commander-in- ...[read more]
September 3, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Federalist No. 67, written by Alexander Hamilton and published in March 1788, discussed the power of the executive to grant recess appointments under the US Constitution. According to Hamilton, the Framers of the US Constitution intended that the recess appointments clause at Article II, ...[read more]
April 30, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office and became the first US president inaugurated under the Constitution. While Article II required that President Washington take an oath before entering office, the rest of the inauguration ceremony was not conducted under any ...[read more]
May 6, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On May 6, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona challenging the legality of an amendment to the Arizona Constitution that guarantees a vote by secret ballot for employee representation. The NLRB is an independent US ...[read more]
March 14, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court of Argentina ruled on Tuesday that rape victims cannot be prosecuted for seeking abortions. The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the lower court's ruling which allowed a 15-year-old girl to obtain an abortion after she was sexually assaulted by her stepfather. In its decision, ...[read more]
December 23, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 23, 2008, US President George W. Bush issued 19 presidential pardons. Presidential pardons are granted under Article II, section 2 of the US Constitution and are reviewed by the US Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney. Most notably, Bush granted the second posthumous, ...[read more]

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