Mar 7

Facial hair gets its day in the legal spotlight



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It’s been a big week in the area of hirsute jurisprudence, better known as lawsuits about facial hair and haircuts, as two cases made national headlines.



Mar 6

Dred Scott decision still resonates today



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On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s presidency four years later.



Mar 6

Video Replay: Can the President kill Americans abroad?



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On Wednesday night, the National Constitution Center and the PBS broadcast Intelligence Squared held a special live video debate about the President’s power to kill Americans abroad, featuring Alan Dershowitz, Noah Feldman, Michael W. Lewis, and Hina Shamsi. You can watch the video replay here.



Mar 6

Constitution Check: Does a 1994 diplomatic agreement commit the U.S. to defend Ukraine?



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Lyle Denniston looks at the Budapest Memorandum, a 1994 deal between the U.S., Britain and Russia about Ukraine, which wasn’t ratified by the U.S. Senate but may become a factor in the crisis there.



Mar 6

Obama And The Risk Of Unchecked Presidential Power



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In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University says President Obama still has a chance to deliver on his promise to restore the rule of law. But he needs to make clear what legal justifications are relied on for unilateral actions ranging from the minimum wage hike to targeted killing.



Mar 5

Same-sex marriage seems headed back to the Supreme Court



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Recent events in several states, including Kentucky, Texas and Utah, seem to indicate another same-sex marriage decision is heading toward the Supreme Court.



Mar 5

Four big Supreme Court decisions on the radar



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As the Supreme Court continues a busy week, Court watchers are wondering if a significant case from last fall could be announced in the next few weeks.



Mar 4

Constitution Check: Can Washington control local public schools’ messages about junk food?



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Lyle Denniston looks at an interesting question: Do public schools have a First Amendment right to allow “unhealthy” food ads on school grounds?



Mar 4

Happy 225th Anniversary: Government begins under our Constitution



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It was 225 years ago today that the federal government started to operate under the terms of the U.S. Constitution, as the Confederation Congress ceded power. However, there was a major problem with the first session of the new Congress: not enough members showed up.



Mar 4

The story of the wildest party in White House history



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The White House has seen a lot of big parties, but nothing compares to March 4, 1829, when Andrew Jackson’s open house sparked a mob scene that almost destroyed the president’s house. Or so we think.