The upcoming Republican state convention in Texas may consider the topic of the state’s secession from the United States. Here’s a look at what practical and constitutional barriers would prevent that.
On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.
As the National Constitution Center observes Law Day, we have a few questions about local and state laws that are a bit out of the norm, with two of these laws in effect quite near our home in Philadelphia.
May 1 is Law Day, an event that honors “liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed” to the United States. Learn more about 10 famous people who studied the law, from Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela.
It was on this day in 1789 that George Washington placed his hand on a bible in New York and became the first President of the United States under our Constitution – setting another of many traditions still in use today.
The United States Navy actually has two birthdays—one in October, and one today. So what is the difference between the two days and why is it constitutionally important?
On the anniversary of Oliver Ellsworth’s birth, Constitution Daily looks back an important founder who helped forge a compromise that led to the Constitution, and later played important roles in the early Senate and Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, a case that began with the innocuous actions of a police officer helping his bedridden mother.
Noah Bookbinder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Judge Nancy Gertner of Harvard Law School discuss McDonnell v. United States.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the Supreme Court arguments in the McDonnell corruption case and an age-old problem of the separation of powers.