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Republicans vs the 14th Amendment

The Tea Party love the constitution—except the bit that grants citizenship to all those born in the US

By Dahlia Lithwick   February 2011

American politicians line up to praise the Constitution, but getting them to agree on its interpretation is a trickier business

On 6th January, the second day that the new, Republican-dominated House of Representatives was open for business, America got treated to a unique spectacle: a Tea Party-led reading of the US Constitution. It was an event designed to demonstrate how the House would henceforth be guided by the document as if it were a set of divinely inspired commandments—though legislators left out those awkward references to slavery and such.

But as this public display of love with the constitution unfolded…

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