Constitutional Law: New Look at the 14th

Burial of the 1966 civil rights bill in Washington last week was a disappointing defeat for civil libertarians. But beyond that setback there was some consolation. For while congressional desire to ban discrimination in private housing is at present clearly lacking, congressional authority grows clearer and clearer. The legal roadblock has been all but removed by the Supreme Court's recently manifested willingness to let Congress give its own broad constitutional interpretation to the 14th Amendment guarantee that no state shall "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of...

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