Jul 12

Who said that? A quick history of the presidential oath



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George Washington has long been credited with instituting the tradition of concluding the oath of office with “So help me God,” at his inauguration in 1789.



Jul 11

Aaron Burr to Alexander Hamilton: make my day



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After decades of rivalry, Burr and Hamilton would settle once and for all the matter of their reputations and legacies.



Jul 8

Constitution Check: The verdict on Casey Anthony



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The Constitution’s Sixth Amendment does not promise, and does not require, a perfect trial in any criminal case.



Jul 8

An exhibition of quilts tells the story of George Washington’s slaves



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As the City’s project evolved, it became clear to me that the President’s House could be interpreted through my passion for quilt art.



Jul 7

Lyle’s look back: Supreme Court term in review



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Veteran Supreme Court correspondent Lyle Denniston—the Center’s new Advisor on Constitutional Literacy and blog contributor—presented a colorful insider’s perspective on the Supreme Court’s recently concluded term to a capacity crowd.



Jul 7

Short and tweet: Obama’s economic policy, 140 characters at a time



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The White House performed the public service of condensing the President’s Town Hall responses into bite-size tweets



Jul 6

Constitution Check: Can the President ignore the debt ceiling?



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No president has ever tried to borrow beyond the debt limit … That does not make it unconstitutional, but it does raise constitutional doubts.



Jul 5

What did George and Martha eat?



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As you consider a diet to shed the excess pounds packed on at the picnics and barbeques of the July 4th weekend, you might consult a cookbook owned by Martha Washington when our nation was new.



Jul 3

Artifact Spotlight: The Gettysburg flower book



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Although we know nothing about the child who made this little book, the book is a powerful reminder that Americans have long been seeking both personal and collective ways in which to remember the Civil War.



Jul 1

“Discover the Real George Washington” opens today [VIDEO]



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See how George Washington rose to the top of the ranks of the British army.