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U.S. Constitutional Issues

U.S. President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal is seen on Capitol Hill after being delivered to the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, March 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

Blog Post

5 Reasons Why a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Is a Bad Idea

July 28, 2014, Fred Dews

"Congress has never sent [a balanced budget amendment] on to the states for ratification [and] Congress should not do so now, despite the relatively high levels of current government debt and the budget challenges that the nation faces in the future," testified Senior Fellow Henry Aaron to the House Judiciary Committee recently. Aaron noted five main reasons a balanced budget amendment should neither be passed nor implemented.

  • Podcast

    Podcast: Presidents Deliver the Bacon, Too

    March 14, 2014, John Hudak and Fred Dews

  • In the News

    ...Sixty years ago, the United States Post Office used its power to censor vicious speech in order to shut down the first openly gay intellectual magazine. It condemned it and said it was beyond the pale in a civilized society. Thank God the Supreme Court told the Post Office it couldn't do that, no matter how offensive the speech was, because that's what allowed gay people to use the press and the magazines and everything else to fight back...

    February 7, 2014, Jonathan Rauch, The Huffington Post
  • In the News

    If the president could get something from Congress on a compromise, he might take that, but instead, since he’s not getting much of anything from Capitol Hill, he essentially is taking everything he wants, and the unilateral actions let him do that in a pretty substantial way.

    October 29, 2012, John Hudak, The Washington Times
  • In the News

    Whether you agree with it or not, the Supreme Court has become almost as much a political institution as it is a legal one...For one, the cases that come before the Court are very often politically charged. Furthermore, you have nine justices that are there for life and can, for all intents and purposes, act with impunity

    October 1, 2012, Russell Wheeler, Erickson Tribune
  • Interview | NPR

    Interpreting the Constitution in the Digital Era

    November 30, 2011, Jeffrey Rosen

  • Podcast

    @ Brookings Podcast: Redistricting for Political Gains

    April 29, 2011, Thomas E. Mann

  • Interview | The Diane Rehm Show

    Redistricting and the United States Constitution

    March 22, 2011, Thomas E. Mann, Sean O'Brien and Nate Persily