Even though the second edition of Fault Lines in the Constitution is just out, we’re addressing the issue of gerrymandering again because, apparently, the answer to the question we posed over two years ago is “nope.”
The Constitution states that, if no presidential candidate gets a majority in the Electoral College—that is, 270 votes—then the House of Representatives chooses the president.
Because of the president’s ability to veto legislation, some people argue that we actually have a tricameral system—two houses to pass bills and one person to keep them from becoming law.
The compromises the Framers made over slavery spread like tentacles throughout the Constitution.
Because taking the census is fundamental to the principle of representative government, it is one of the few acts Congress must do.
What happens if large numbers of elected federal officials die or become incapacitated? Who runs the country?