Feb 13

Podcast: Due process, lethal drones and American citizens



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How do American citizens, even as enemy combatants, enjoy the constitutional protection of due process? Joining us to discuss this current topic are Jonathan Hafetz from Seton Hall Law and John Yoo from the University of California Berkeley Law School, in a podcast conversation moderated by the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen.



Feb 13

Four interesting history stories to read in a snowstorm



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Was Taft really stuck in his tub? Was Alexander Hamilton a weather reporter? As much of the East Coast is pummeled by another winter event, Constitution Daily would like to take this opportunity to look back at the most popular history-related stories we’ve run in the past two years.



Feb 13

Constitution Check: Who gets to decide if someone can “plead the Fifth”?



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Lyle Denniston looks at the complications related to two former aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, their claims of protection under the Fifth Amendment, and if investigators can compel them to produce documents like emails.



Feb 13

The 13th Amendment: Slavery And Involuntary Servitude



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As part of the National Constitution Center’s 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, each day we will look at a constitutional amendment. Today, we look at the 13th Amendment, the first of three post-Civil War amendment that dealt with slavery and Civil Rights.



Feb 12

How Abraham Lincoln lost his birthday holiday



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It’s Abraham Lincoln’s 205th birthday today, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.



Feb 12

12th Amendment: Election of President and Vice President



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As part of our 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, we look at the important 12th Amendment, which settled that ugly mess between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in 1800 and made clear the Vice President’s eligibility requirements.



Feb 12

50 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln’s life



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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, has a birthday today. If you are a Lincoln fan, here are some cool facts, including Lincoln’s career as an inventor, his love of animals, and his one losing appearance before the Supreme Court.



Feb 11

Looking back at the last presidential election settled by the House



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It was 190 years ago this week that a constitutional crisis was averted when the relatively new 12th Amendment to the Constitution settled the last presidential election decided in the House of Representatives.



Feb 11

11th Amendment: Suits Against States



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As part of the National Constitution Center’s 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, here is a look at the first amendment ratified after the Bill of Rights was adopted, which actually overturned an early Supreme Court decision.



Feb 11

Administration faces another decision on lethal drones



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More than two years after a CIA drone killed an American-born al-Qaida leader overseas, a similar attack in the planning is raising constitutional issues about due process.