Feb 21

10 cool facts for George Washington’s real birthday



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The national holiday called Washington’s Birthday may have passed, but tomorrow is George Washington’s real 282nd birthday. Here are 10 interesting facts about the first president, including his amazing wealth, his career as a moonshiner, and the truth about those teeth.



Feb 21

21st Amendment: Repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment



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As part of the National Constitution Center’s 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, each day we will look at the constitutional amendment that repealed Prohibition.



Feb 20

Constitution Check: How private is the place where cellphone calls are made?



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Lyle Denniston looks at the police use of cellphone tower information to track the movements of users, an issue that has lower courts split and could be headed to the Supreme Court.



Feb 20

A big day in the history of the United States Postal Service



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On February 20, 1792, President George Washington officially created the United States Postal Service by signing a sweeping act that promoted a free press and put privacy safeguards in place.



Feb 20

20th Amendment: Presidential Term and Succession



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This so-called “Lame-Duck” amendment reduced the previous four-month period between the November elections and the March 4 starting date of congressional and presidential terms.



Feb 19

FCC to try new approach to counter net neutrality ruling



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The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday it won’t contest a federal court ruling that struck down net neutrality, the FCC’s power to bar Internet service providers from discriminating against websites. But it will try a different tactic to preserve it.



Feb 19

The great trial that tested the Constitution’s treason clause



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It was on this day in 1807 that former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama and charged with treason. The subsequent trial was truly a “Trial of the Century” and one of the first big tests of the Constitution’s Treason clause.



Feb 19

19th Amendment: Women’s Suffrage Rights



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The 19th amendment established a uniform rule for all states to follow in guaranteeing women this right.



Feb 19

Six reasons why the Greenhouse Gas cases are worth watching



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In the commentary, Tom Donnelly from the Constitutional Accountability Center looks two environmental cases in front of the Supreme Court this term that could have big implications for the Clean Air Act.



Feb 18

Podcast: The Court ponders intellectual disability and capital punishment



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National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen joins Kent Scheidegger from the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation and Lee Kovarsky from the University of Maryland School of Law to discuss a significant case involving the Eighth Amendment and capital punishment, which the Supreme Court will hear in March.