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Our Documents - Home. The Bill of Rights (including the Preamble to the Bill of Rights) Marla R. Miller, "Betsy Ross and the Making of America" (St. Martin's Press, 2011) Booked: The Meaning of the Fourth of July. Booked is a monthly series of Q&As with authors by Dissent contributing editor Timothy Shenk.

Booked: The Meaning of the Fourth of July

For this interview, he spoke with Danielle Allen, a professor at Harvard and director of the University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and author of Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (W.W. No, it’s not in the Constitution. You can see the Constitution on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

No, it’s not in the Constitution

These days, pundits, candidates, and party activists like to cite the Constitution of the United States as the moral and legal backing for whatever they’re proposing. But the Constitution is silent on a lot of things you probably thought it said. Here are eight examples. The President can veto a proposed amendment to the Constitution. No. 1776: The Revolt Against Austerity by Steve Pincus. Was the Declaration of Independence a powerful indictment of British austerity policies?

1776: The Revolt Against Austerity by Steve Pincus

Does America’s founding document need to be seen as part of an economic debate about the British Empire? These questions may seem jarring, almost anachronistic. But eighteenth-century political argument, like that of our own day, often revolved around responses to fiscal crisis. Just as political debates in Britain and the United States today turn in large part on the response to the great recession of 2008, so the events that made the United States were shaped by the British imperial government’s reaction to the debt crisis of the 1760s. Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, Breay, Harrison. 2015_0501_SSLawDay. When can the government restrict speech? What It Takes to Be a Whistleblower in America—and What It Takes Out of You - Pacific Standard. The email that ruined Tony Menendez’s life arrived on a warm and sunny February afternoon in 2006.

What It Takes to Be a Whistleblower in America—and What It Takes Out of You - Pacific Standard

Menendez is, by nature, precise and logical, but his first instinct was somewhat irrational. He got up to close the door to his office, as if that might somehow keep the message from speeding across cyberspace. Then he sat down at his desk to puzzle out what had just happened. Tracking the U.S. Congress. Why Courts Matter. SOURCE: AP/Susan Walsh Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, as the court heard arguments on campaign finance.

Why Courts Matter

By Michele L. The Most Dangerous Court in America. While journalists and academics pay much attention to the Supreme Court and “the Nine,” the D.C.

The Most Dangerous Court in America

Circuit Court of Appeals, considered by some to be the second most important U.S. court, often goes ignored. The D.C. Circuit is the training ground for the Supreme Court and the place where much of the nation’s regulatory framework is decided. Affordable Care Act. 8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color. SOURCE: AP/Andy Manis Madison, Wisconsin, Mayor Paul Soglin (D) addresses a crowd of protestors on Martin Luther King Jr.

8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color

Boulevard in Madison on March 9, 2015, during a protest of the shooting death of Tony Robinson. By Jamal Hagler | Thursday, May 28, 2015. Nicholas R. Parrillo, "Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940" (Yale UP, 2013) Nicholas R.

Nicholas R. Parrillo, "Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940" (Yale UP, 2013)

Parrillo View on Amazon In this podcast I discuss Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 (Yale University Press, 2013) with author Nicholas R. Sophia Z. Lee, "The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right" (Cambridge UP, 2014) Sophia Z.

Sophia Z. Lee, "The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right" (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Lee View on Amazon Americans believe they have a number of workplace protections under the law, which are common in other democracies: free speech and privacy rights, defense against arbitrary dismissal, etc. They are wrong. MLR Home. National Fund for Workforce Solutions. 030915labor. Barbara Ehrenreich, On Americans (Not) Getting By (Again) Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas. SOURCE: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez.

Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

Workers' Wages and Black Women Lose Out in February Jobs Report. The United States added an impressive 295,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent—the lowest it’s been since 2008, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other factors show that the economy still isn’t working for many Americans after the recession. For instance, while women’s unemployment is at a six-year low, Black women’s unemployment level increased. “February posted strong job gains and a decline in overall unemployment, but many women have yet to see a real recovery,” Joan Entmacher, vice president for family economic security at the National Women’s Law Center, said in a statement. The unemployment rate for all adult women fell from 5.1 percent in January to 4.9 percent in February.

But Black women’s unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent, up from 8.7 percent in January and 8.2 percent in December. The drop in the overall unemployment rate isn’t necessarily a good sign. These trends aren’t accidental. The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-October 2014 Jobs Release. SOURCE: AP/Alan Diaz Freddy Jerez fills out a job application during a job fair in Sunrise, Florida. By Jackie Odum and Michael Madowitz | October 2, 2014. Apel72. A Challenge to Congress. SOURCE: AP/J. Scott Applewhite Snow falls on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2015. By Jocelyn Frye, Milia Fisher, Donna Barry | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 PRINT: SHARE: Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF and Scribd versions.Download the report: PDFRead it in your browser: Scribd January marked the beginning of a new Congress, and with it came a new opportunity to respond to the challenges facing American women and their families. These recent efforts by politicians to paint themselves as strong on women’s issues are perhaps partly in response to high-profile failures in the 2012 election cycle.

Despite 2014’s supportive campaign rhetoric, the first test for this Congress and its new leadership has come and gone, and the early results were not promising. Strengthening equal pay protections Women consistently identify equal pay as a top priority. Amanda McMillan worked as an office manager, handling sales and managing accounts for a company in Mississippi.

4 Generations of American Women: Great Progress, Persistent Challenges. SOURCE: AP/Terry Gilliam Working mother Sunita Clark, left, poses with her 10-year-old daughter Ruby, center, and husband Mark, September 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. By Judith Warner, Emily Baxter, Milia Fisher | Tuesday, May 12, 2015 PRINT: SHARE: Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF and Scribd versions.Download the report: PDFRead it in your browser: Scribd. ‘I Would Prefer Not To’: The Origins of the White Collar Worker. Nikil Saval | Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace | Doubleday | April 2014 | 31 minutes (8,529 words) Below is an excerpt from the book Cubed, by Nikil Saval, as recommended by Longreads contributor Dana Snitzky. I have known the inexorable sadness of pencils…—Theodore Roethke, “Dolor”The torn coat sleeve to the table. The steel pen to the ink. Paperwork Against the People.

Congressional Republican Leaders Claim to Support the Middle Class, but Their Budgets Only Work for the Wealthy Few. Michael Gould-Wartofsky, "The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement" (Oxford UP, 2015) Back When the Republican Party Was Endorsing Feminism - Pacific Standard. Kevin M. Kruse, "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America" (Basic Books, 2015) Michelle Nickerson, "Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right" (Princeton UP, 2012) Home: Political Posters, Labadie Collection, University of Michigan. Today's Document. The ADA at 25: How One Law Helped Usher in An Age of Accessible Design - Curbed Features. There are 82 stone steps up to the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., a relatively minor bit of trivia for the majority of legislators, tourists, and visitors who traverse them every day.

But for those unable to walk up those steps, they're hallowed ground. In 1990, a group of activists and legislators were fighting to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a far-reaching piece of legislation that sought to guarantee equal rights for then roughly 40 million American citizens with disabilities, in part by changing the way architects designed buildings.

The bill's potential financial implications had led lobbyists and legislators to bog down negotiations and create a stalemate in the House of Representatives. This Infographic Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Authorizing War. War has played a critical role in our nation’s history, but over the years the way we authorize war has significantly changed. If you’ve ever been confused about who actually has the power to declare war — the last time that happened was World War II — or what the difference is between a declaration of war and an authorized use of military force, this graph may shed a little light. Interactive: The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1980–2060. Alan Abramowitz’s Model Has Correctly Predicted Every Presidential Election Outcome Since 1992. Julian E. Zelizer, "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society" (Penguin, 2015) DDC#82 Lessons from LBJ and the Great Society — DecodeDC.

The GOP doesn't have a Donald Trump problem. It has an angry conservative base problem. How do you solve a problem like The Donald? That question is currently consuming the minds (and fueling the nightmares) of leading Republican power brokers. And you gotta have some sympathy for their plight. Actually, I take that back. Donald Trump Is the Candidate America Wants - Pacific Standard. Before Trump or Fiorina, There Was Wendell Willkie. The Magic of Donald Trump by Mark Danner. What We Talk About When We Talk About Deez Nuts - Pacific Standard. Center for American Progress Action Fund. Ryne Tipton on How can voter apathy be ... Big Dangers for the Next Election by Elizabeth Drew. Meet the New Wave of Extremists Gearing Up for the 2016 Elections. Psmag. The Man Who Gave Air Force One Its Aura. In 1919, Eisenhower took a disastrous road trip that led to his support of the modern, paved highway. Unlikely Legacies of U.S. Presidents. Lee Drutman, "The Business of America is Lobbying" (Oxford UP, 2015)

Lawrence Jacobs, "Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation" (U Chicago Press, 2015) What Indiana's Shifting 'Religious Freedom' Law Really Means for LGBT Diners. Alchemy By Other Means. The Mystery of $2 Bills - Pacific Standard. Well Actually, It’s Pretty Hard for Some People to Get a Photo ID So They Can Vote #ABLC. U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades. Must Counterterrorism Cancel Democracy? by David Cole. So Are We Being Spied on Now or Not? - Pacific Standard.

Reining in the NSA by David Cole. Our Wars, Our Victims by Charles Simic. The Bureau and the Bureau. EFF confirms that the DEA has deleted its phone call database. AmericasViews_full_4412.