Changes in Government: Iraqi elections, Colombian elections, Latvian government collapses. International News: Israeli expansion into east Jerusalem, Universal Health Care bill in the United States, Continued violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.
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Article: How defenders of slavery mothballed a constitutional right.
When it comes to complexity, The First Amendment is rivaled perhaps only by the 14th Amendment. There are voluminous bodies of law attached to a number of brief clauses; non-establishment of religion by law, free exercise of religion, free speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom of assembly. Any one of those clauses have been the subject of many important court rulings.
Then there is this odd clause at the very end - to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. It’s rarely discussed in legal treatises and there are precious few cases where the “Petition Clause” is at issue.
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