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Why the Second Amendment protects a ‘well-regulated militia’ but not a private citizen militia

When a federal judge in California struck down the state’s 32-year-old ban on assault weapons in early June 2021, he added a volatile new issue to the gun-rights debate. The ruling, by U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez, does not take effect immediately, because California has 30 days to appeal the rejection of its assault weapons ban. Most coverage has focused on Benitez’s provocative analogy between an AR-15 and a Swiss army knife. But the case raises troubling questions about the meaning and proper role of “militias” under the Second Amendment.
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Biden's new proposal on the Hyde Amendment is illogical, unpopular

When President Biden began assembling his Cabinet, several commentators predicted that his presidency would be something of an Obama third term. But now Biden has broken further from those predictions in his budget proposal by gutting the Hyde Amendment — a long-held and popular policy that prevents federal taxpayer dollars from directly funding abortions.
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South Africa’s efforts to fix traditional courts hit a snag

South Africa’s Traditional Courts Bill, aimed at regulating traditional courts, has been put on hold amid concerns over its legality. Traditional courts operate in South Africa’s rural areas under traditional leaders. Traditional leadership is recognised by the constitution in accordance with customary law. The courts apply unwritten versions of customary...
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GOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning

GOP Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.) on Monday reintroduced a constitutional amendment to bar the "physical desecration of the American flag." “The American flag is a symbol of liberty and a beacon of hope. It represents the ideals that our nation was built upon and for decades, brave men and women have carried its colors into battle to defend the United States of America,” the Montana senator said in a statement released on Flag Day.

California lawmakers pass budget, keep paychecks

(The Center Square) – California legislators passed a state budget just hours before they would have had their legislative salaries cut. Lawmakers acted on a set of bills Monday, hours before the June 15 deadline set by Prop. 25, a constitutional amendment that allows for budgets and similar bills to pass with a lower threshold but also mandates lawmakers send the governor a budget or see their pay docked.
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Emory historian examines race and guns in new book on Second Amendment

Emory College historian Carol Anderson has focused much of her research on how racism and racial inequality affect the creation and unraveling of U.S. policy. When police killed Philando Castile, a Black man with a license to carry a gun, during a 2016 traffic stop, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies realized she had not applied her skills to answering a specific, constitutional question: Do African Americans have gun rights?

Opinion: The way forward from our current constitutional conundrum

Our exile politics is at its rock bottom currently with no light in sight. The constitutional crisis that everyone was making a big hullabaloo about a few months ago is now really at our doorstep. Our charter, democracy, democratic institutions and democratic process have been subverted and shred to smithereens...
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Mia Farrow: ‘Humans Are a Species That Should Not Have Guns’

Actress and left-wing activist Mia Farrow tweeted responded to a revenge shooting in the Bronx by tweeting “humans are a species that should not have guns.”. Farrow was reacting to a New York Daily News report of 18-year-old Luis Rivera driving up alongside 24-year-old Nelson Caban on the Bronx Expressway and shooting him dead. Caban had allegedly shot and wounded Rivera eight months earlier.
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Alexander Hamilton’s “Implied Powers” Wrecked the Constitution

During the ratification debates, supporters of the Constitution insisted that the new general government would only exercise the powers explicitly enumerated in the document. But less than three years after ratification, Alexander Hamilton did a complete 180, suddenly discovered “implied powers” and wrecked the Constitution. During the Philadelphia Convention, many...

What does Bill 96 mean for Quebec? And for the rest of Canada?

It’s a gigantic update to Quebec’s language laws, which have been part of the cultural fabric of the province for 50 years—and the proposal even goes so far as to update Canada’s constitution. But does Bill 96 actually protect French in Quebec? Does it help newcomers learn and use the...