Mar 14

Here’s a chance to buy a life-sized Abraham Lincoln



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One of the more unusual auctions of recent times is taking place in Gettysburg this weekend, and some lucky person will talk away with a life-sized animatronic Abraham Lincoln, or an entire collection of Confederate generals.



Mar 14

Congressional lawsuits against Obama would face steep hurdles



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This week, the House of Representatives approved a bill to fast track civil lawsuits filed by Congress against President Barack Obama for allegedly abusing his powers. The bill does raise some interesting constitutional questions, but it also faces steep challenges.



Mar 14

10 birthday facts about President Andrew Jackson



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Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, has a birthday on Saturday. But how much do you know about one of the most controversial presidents?



Mar 13

Constitution Café: Do we need a freedom of conscience clause?



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As part of a series called Constitution Café, moderator Chris Phillips is asking some thought-provoking questions about foundational constitutional issues. This week: Was James Madison right to ask for a freedom of conscience clause in the Constitution?



Mar 13

The Constitution Outside the Courts: Senator Dianne Feinstein



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Lyle Denniston looks at Americans who help shape the meaning of the Constitution in the nation’s life. Today’s Constitution-maker is Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.



Mar 13

Ernesto Miranda’s role in constitutional history



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On March 13, 1963, Ernesto Miranda came into a Phoenix police station voluntarily to answer questions about a criminal investigation. Three years later, the Supreme Court made one of its most important rulings, including one of the best-known sentences in American culture.



Mar 12

Eight biggest Founding Fathers myths for National History Day



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Was the Constitution really written on hemp paper and where did Thomas Jefferson sign it? In honor of National History Day, Constitution Daily clears up some pesky myths from the Founding Fathers’ time.



Mar 12

Four early major Supreme Court decisions about the Internet



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On the World Wide Web’s 25th birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at four Supreme Court decisions from the early Internet that laid the groundwork for free speech and responsible usage.



Mar 12

After 25 years, are we better off constitutionally with the Internet?



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Today marks the unofficial 25th birthday of the Internet as we know it. But now the Web’s founder is asking for a “global constitution” to protect privacy rights of people in ways that weren’t even available to be violated before the Internet began.



Mar 12

The 14th Amendment’s tortuous relationship with American Indians



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The 14th Amendment makes all persons born or naturalized in the United States citizens, with equal protection and due process under the law. But for American Indians, the amendment immediately excluded most of them, and it took decades to make full citizenship a reality.