On September 5, 1774, the first Congress in the United States met in Philadelphia to consider its reaction to the British government’s restraints on trade and representative government after the Boston Tea Party raid.
This week, a federal appeals court in New York heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records. A ruling against the government could accelerate the program’s review by the Supreme Court.
Mark your calendars: the legal challenge to health care subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act will return to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for en banc review.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at how the federal courts could be drawn into a controversy over the president’s power to detain terror suspects once U.S. combat soldiers leave Afghanistan.
The media uproar over a massive leak of celebrity photos is putting a new focus on an interesting legal question: Do you have a right to keep your “selfies” off troublesome websites?
Two groups are hosting an annual competition for high school students to compete in a virtual Supreme Court complete with oral arguments in front of attorneys.
The Justice Department and the state of Texas are tangling in two separate court cases that could determine how much of the Voting Rights Act is still enforceable.
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery on September 3, 1848, aided by a disguise and job skills he had learned while forced to work in Baltimore’s shipyards.
Donald Applestein looks at a milestone in the American struggle for independence, the finalization of the Treaty of Paris, which was a key victory away from the battlefield.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, previews the various dimensions of the same-sex marriage cases that await the Supreme Court on its return in later this month.