A new law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the second state to mandate a remote “kill switch” for all smartphones—but at what cost to the Constitution?
In its premier role as America’s Town Hall, the National Constitution Center welcomes guests from across the political spectrum—respected leaders who continue to shape American civic life.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at the revival of public shaming as a punishment, and why a Pennsylvania court nullified such a sentence for a former justice.
The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote nationally on August 18, 1920, so why is Woman’s Equality Day on August 26th each year?
Last week, the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City dropped its lawsuit against a local Satanist group over the use of consecrated hosts for a “black mass.” But that doesn’t mean Satanists have shied away from asserting their constitutional rights.
As the United States capital of Washington, D.C. burned 200 years ago today, it was an act of nature that helped to drive the British from the besieged city, and possibly save it from more destruction.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia opposes same-sex marriage, but in a twist of fate his own words could make the unions a reality if the issue makes it back to the high court.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at a new debate over the nature of local policing, and if a program of military giveaways may have had some seriously unfortunate consequences in the Ferguson situation.
Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.
For the first time in nearly a century, a sitting Texas governor faces criminal charges for alleged “abuse of official capacity” and “coercion of a public official” in an ongoing dispute with a local district attorney.