The Peoples’ Constitution: The Leaked Abortion Opinion and the Two Classes of Fundamental Rights 

The American Constitution protects two groups of individual rights. In the first group are those rights named in the Constitution, such as freedom of speech and the right to a jury trial. In the second, are rights that many consider fundamental, but which are not named in the Constitution, including the right to travel and the right to privacy. 

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The Peoples’ Constitution: Russian Invasion of Ukraine 

It is often easier to understand the American Constitution by comparing it to current events in other nations. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a case in point. In broad terms, our Constitution has two main purposes: first, it sets the “rules of the road” for how our governments—state and federal—operate, and, second, it identifies certain fundamental rights held by all Americans, guaranteeing those rights against government intrusion. This article looks at how these issues are being handled in Russia today and compares that to our Constitutional tradition. 

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Lenhart: Riots at the Capitol

The riots and break-in at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, shocked and saddened the nation. They happened during a crucial—but normally uneventful—process whereby Congress counts the electoral votes to confirm the winner of the presidential election. But Congress’s effort to count the votes was disrupted this year by violence. These events are hard to fully comprehend—no one thought they would ever see rioters breaking into the House and Senate chambers. But these events are better understood against the backdrop of Constitutional provisions that were in play leading up to the Jan. 6 riots.

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