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View Resource Supreme Court Begins Landmark Term

Monday, the Supreme Court began a session that many legal scholars and historians see as likely to be pivotal in defining the Rehnquist Court's place in high court history. The court has chosen to hear arguments on a number of key issues this term, including public funding of parochial schools, campaign finance reform, tobacco regulation, racial criteria in state elections, abortion protesters's...
View Resource Assessing the New Federalism (ANF)

Assessing the New Federalism is an ongoing, multi-year research project by the non-partisan Urban Institute, which monitors the transfer of responsibility for social programs from the federal government to the state legislatures. Issues of health policy, income support, social services, and fiscal policy are central to the project, and authors from a variety of public and private institutions...
View Resource Common-place: Roundtable Discussion: The Uses & Abuses of the Constitution

Sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Common-place (last mentioned in the September 8, 2000 Scout Report) has released a special issue covering the United States Constitution. This particular issue provides an intriguing roundtable discussion that tackles questions surrounding the uses and abuses of the Constitution. Essays by scholars...
View Resource Organization of American States

In 1948, 21 nations in the Western hemisphere signed the Organization of American States (OAS) Charter which was designed to affirm their commitment to a number of common goals and their respect for each nation's sovereignty. In the present day, the members of the OAS continue to work together to protect human rights, strengthen security throughout the region, and to fight corruption. On this site...
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Created by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), is an online platform "that empowers the U.S. government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation's most pressing challenges." The "challenges" included here are created by one party (or a "seeker") to a third party or parties to "identify a solution to a particular problem or reward...
View Resource American Democracy Project

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has worked to create the American Democracy Project (ADP) which is concerned with "higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy." It's a laudable initiative, and this website provides information about the Project's work and outreach efforts. On the left-hand side of the...