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First Amendment doesn't apply here: N.C. lawmakers push bill for state religion

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill declaring that the state has the power to establish an official religion — a direct challenge to the First Amendment. One professor of politics called the measure “the verge of being neo-secessionist,” and another said it was reminiscent of how Southern states objected to the Supreme Court’s 1954 integration of public schools.


Supreme Court hears historic argument on marriage laws

The Supreme Court began hearing a historic one-hour oral argument on marriage Tuesday which could lead to any one of a wide array of possible decisions -- from essentially leaving in place the traditional marriage laws now on the books in most states to proclaiming same-sex marriage a fundamental right under the United States Constitution.


Zimbabweans approve new constitution by landslide

Zimbabweans have approved a new constitution that curbs the powers of the president and puts the turbulent southern African country a step closer to holding full elections in the next few months, the election commission said on Tuesday.


Mississippi officially abolishes slavery -

Mississippi has officially joined the rest of the nation in ratifying the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, officials say.


Is it unconstitutional to limit the number of bullets a gun can fire?


Denniston looks at the issue of ammunition clips, and if there is a constitutional precedent to protect them from gun control restrictions.


Hundreds join pro-gun rallies in U.S. capitals

Pro-Gun Rally

Hundreds of gun owners and Second Amendment advocates rallied in state capitals nationwide Saturday, days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of federal gun-control proposals.


Morsi Admits Mistakes in Drafting Egypt’s Constitution

President Mohamed Morsi appealed for unity after the bitter debate over the Constitution, and he pledged to respect the one-third of voters who cast ballots against it.


Egyptians fret over economy after rancorous vote on constitution

Egypt prepared to announce on Tuesday the result of a vote on a new constitution that Islamist President Mohamed Mursi hails as a step toward stability in a country beset by political and economic crisis.


Egypt voters appear to approve new constitution

President Mohamed Morsi apparently secured a victory at the polls Saturday for a new Egyptian constitution, locking the country into a bitter contest between his ascendant Islamist camp and his secular opponents.


Egypt opposition urges "no" vote on divisive constitution

Egypt's liberal and secular opposition has urged its supporters to vote down a divisive constitution put forward by Islamists, and set conditions for taking part in the referendum that will be hard for organizers to meet.


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