Apr 18

Students will want to read up on Constitution for 2016 SAT tests



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Important changes are on the way for students taking a new form of the SAT test, including sections that will require them to interpret the meaning of passages from the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers and other founding documents.



Apr 18

Five myths about the start of the Revolutionary War



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The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775 at the towns of Lexington and Concord. But how accurate are some of the key facts that have been handed down to us through the generations?



Apr 17

Podcast: Lessig, Levinson on changing the Constitution



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Lawrence Lessig from Harvard and Sanford Levinson from the University of Texas join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss if America needs a second Constitutional convention and what challenges such a meeting would pose.



Apr 17

The Constitution outside the courts: Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security



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Lyle Denniston examines how a move by the acting head of Social Security that ended a tax return withholding practice has constitutional implications.



Apr 17

Benjamin Franklin’s last days, his funeral, and a U.S. Senate slight



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Today marks the 224th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death, which drew many different responses from the citizens of Philadelphia (who mourned in droves) and the U.S. Senate (which refused to mourn Franklin).



Apr 17

Remembering Benjamin Franklin 224 years after his passing



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April 17 is the 224th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death in 1790, at the age of 84.



Apr 16

Constitutional right to flash your head lights gains momentum



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Should a driver have the legal ability to flash their headlights as an alert to a police presence on the road? That knotty legal question is gaining momentum after a legal decision in Missouri, an Oregon ruling, and a new effort in New Jersey.



Apr 16

Ripeness is all: When can a state’s truth-declaring function be challenged?



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In this commentary, Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the Susan B. Anthony List case and why the issue of standing is critical in any law that would deter free speech during an election cycle.



Apr 15

Constitution Check: Does the Second Amendment need to be amended?



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Lyle Denniston looks at recent statements from retired Justice John Paul Stevens about limiting gun rights, and a political reality that runs counter to that idea.



Apr 15

Tax Day trivia: Why do we have the IRS (and other factoids)?



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April 15 is marked each year as the traditional day people need to file their taxes, so it’s not exactly celebrated as a holiday. But how did April 15 become the big day–and how did we get the IRS in the first place?