In the latest Senate squabble over the fate of the filibuster, Majority Leader Harry Reid said earlier this week that the filibuster itself isn’t in the Constitution and the nation can operate without it. But what is the history behind Reid’s statement?
Distinguished legal scholar Garrett Epps and SCOTUSblog’s Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser for constitutional literacy, delve into the indelible language of America’s founding document.
The Supreme Court’s order yesterday allowing Texas to continue to enforce a law that has led to the closing of many abortion clinics in Texas was a cautious step, in the view of some of the Justices. But it may well have a broader meaning.
For the past 50 years, the Warren Commission’s role in the John F. Kennedy assassination case has been the subject of intense debate. On the assassination’s eve, author Phillip Shenon reveals new details about the investigation.
On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, constitutional scholar and Yale Law professor Akhil Amar, historian and Princeton University professor Sean Wilentz and Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center discuss the constitutional legacy of Lincoln and the address itself. A special guest also takes questions at the program’s conclusion.
Attorney and author Scott D. Reich offers his take on the Gettysburg Address, in exactly 272 words, on the speech’s 150th anniversary.
Al Brophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill looks at the historical importance of the main speech given at Gettysburg on November 23, 1863: the oration of the day’s featured speaker, Edward Everett.
For the second time this year, the Supreme Court on Monday sent an implied message that it is going to be very difficult to get a public review in court of the National Security Agency’s power to conduct global sweeps of telephone and electronic communications.
As the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, persistent questions still remain. Bestselling author and former New York Times reporter Philip Shenon addresses those questions and more in his newest book A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination.
In this commentary, David H. Gans from the Constitutional Accountability Center says the Supreme Court should remember how President Lincoln helped transform the Constitution from a slaveholders’ charter to a document that affirms liberty, equality, and democracy as our highest constitutional principles.