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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor discuss judicial independence, the subject of a two-day conference this week at Georgetown University Law School.
The American Bar Association said President Bush's use of "signing statements," which allow him to sign a bill into law but not enforce certain provisions, disregards the rule of law and the separation of powers. Legal experts discuss the implications.
Debate began Tuesday on a constitutional amendment banning the desecration of the U.S. flag. The amendment is heading towards its best chance at passage in 15 years, as the Senate prepares to vote later this week.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
More than three years after American troops toppled Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraq established a permanent government that joins Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians under a federal Constitution.
President Bush said Monday he was proud to back the supporters of a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. Political analysts consider the Republican drive to adopt the amendment and the possible role it may play in mid-term elections.
By PBS NewsHour
As vote-counting continued Monday, preliminary and unofficial results reportedly showed Iraqis approved a draft constitution that many Sunnis opposed.
Members of Iraq's Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni political parties came to a last-minute agreement Wednesday on a draft constitution Iraqi citizens are scheduled to vote on this Saturday.
In stepped up violence leading up to Saturday's referendum on a new Iraqi constitution, at least 40 people were killed Tuesday in a string of attacks, including a car bombing at a crowded market.
U.S. forces launched an offensive against what officials call "a known terrorist sanctuary" in western Iraq over the weekend, while the Iraqi parliament passed a proposal aimed at making it easier to pass the constitution on Oct. 15.
Support for the Iraqi constitution got a boost Friday when aides to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said the powerful cleric would call on his followers to vote to support the document in a referendum next month.
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