Recently, a member of the House of Representatives from New York state proposed eliminating recess appointments from the Constitution, the latest of some interesting constitutional changes introduced in the 114th Congress.
William Blount is one of the lesser-known men who signed the Constitution, but one of the most controversial, since he put a key part of the founding document to a critical test less than decade after it was ratified.
Distinguished legal experts Erwin Chemerinsky and Frederick Lawrence, and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick examine the Supreme Court’s landmark 2015-16 session, which included significant cases about affirmative action, abortion, religious liberty, and immigration.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the FBI and Attorney General’s role in deciding to press charges in high-profile cases, which can suddenly gain a lot of visibility when a criminal investigation is aimed at a prominent political figure.
On July 6, 1854, disgruntled voters in a new political party named its first candidates to contest the Democrats over the issue of slavery. Within six years, the newly christened Republican Party would control the White House and Congress as the Civil War began.
As part of the National Constitution Center’s on-going Interactive Constitution project, leading constitutional experts interact with each other to explore the Constitution’s history and what it means today. In this discussion, Randy E. Barnett of the Georgetown University Law Center and Heather Gerken of Yale Law School find common ground on the overall evolution of federalism.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center constitutional literacy adviser, explains why the Supreme Court will be drawn into the post-Obergefell controversy over claims of religious freedom and continuing claims of discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexual and transgender people.
The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Wilhelm of Booz Allen Hamilton moderate a discussion at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival on the mounting tension between privacy and security.
July 4th marks the annual holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. So how much do you know about this famous document?
As we celebrate the Independence Day holiday, it’s time to look at some famous birthdays of people born on the same date as the United States.