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Bill of Rights

May 1, 2019

ABA’s civic literacy survey yields ‘troubling’ results

John Roberts might need a better press agent. Less than half of the American public knows Roberts is chief justice of the United States, a position he has held since 2005. The 49 percent of the population in the know contrasts with the 23 percent who think Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leads the Supreme Court […]

Sep 17, 2012

Washington’s copy of Constitution displayed

MOUNT VERNON, Va. — After buying it at auction for nearly $10 million, George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is displaying the Founding Father’s annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association paid $9.8 million this summer to obtain the book, which has “President of the United States” on the […]

Jun 12, 2012

George Washington’s Constitution to be auctioned

WASHINGTON — George Washington’s 223-year-old copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights are expected to go for bids of $2 million to $3 million at auction next week. The documents are bound in a book that contains notes in Washington’s handwriting, including notations of the responsibilities of the president. The book was displayed for […]

Dec 8, 2011

Gene Policinski: ’Tis the season for First Amendment tweetout

Give the First Amendment — and the nation — a unique gift this holiday season: On Dec. 15, “tweet” your support for this 220-year-old guarantor of our basic freedoms. And don’t stop there. Round out the holidays by making that 140-character pledge the first step in a New Year’s commitment to better understand and defend […]

Jul 19, 2011

Only U.S. copy of Magna Carta treated at U.S. Archives

WASHINGTON — A painstaking conservation effort to remove old patches and repair weak spots in a 714-year-old copy of the Magna Carta has revealed that the full text of that English declaration of human rights remains intact even though some words are faded and illegible to the eye, the National Archives said Tuesday. A $13.5 […]

Nov 9, 2010

Baltimore passes Cyclists’ Bill of Rights

BALTIMORE — Baltimore wants bicyclists to know the city has their back. The Baltimore City Council passed a Cyclists’ Bill of Rights on Monday night, a nonbinding resolution expressing support for improving conditions in the city for cycling. The resolution calls for equal access to city streets, greater involvement in planning by bicyclists, greater awareness […]

Jun 28, 2010

Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution’s Second Amendment restrains government’s ability to significantly limit “the right to keep and bear arms,” advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights. By a narrow, 5-4 vote, the justices also signaled, however, that some limitations on the right could […]

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