The next month will see a flurry of activity in Washington as Democrats and Republicans battle over nominees and laws in the Senate and the House. So what is a lame duck session, and how has its purpose changed since the Founders’ time?
With the Republicans controlling the next Congress, there’s already talk of President Barack Obama flexing his executive veto powers. So how have other Presidents used what Woodrow Wilson called “the most formidable prerogative”?
In a surprise move, the United States Supreme Court will take on a second challenge to a key part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, this spring.
A federal appeals court ruling on Thursday most likely means the Supreme Court will take up the same-sex marriage issue again in another landmark decision. Here’s how the courts have forced the issue and a look at the probable next steps.
In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will honor the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.”
Lyle Denniston, our constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the chain of events that led to Thursday’s Sixth Circuit federal appeals court ruling, which almost certainly sends the legality of same-sex marriages back to the Supreme Court in the near future.
On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States in a bitter contest against the incumbent Vice President, Richard Nixon. It was one of the closest elections in American history, and some people still doubt its outcome.
Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern and Mike Ramsey from the University of San Diego to discuss a big Supreme Court case over the use of the word “Israel” on a passport.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, examines the potential for gridlock over a Supreme Court nomination, should such a vacancy occur over the next two years.
On November 6, 1860, voters in the United States went to the polls in an election that ended with Abraham Lincoln as President, in an act that that led to the Civil War. But Lincoln’s actual victory didn’t happen on that day, and his victory wasn’t assured for months.