Lyle Denniston looks at why some state attorneys general and the Attorney General of the United States have chosen not to defend some laws on the books, specifically in relation to same-sex marriages.
This amendment clarifies the Constitution’s previously ambiguous language about presidential succession, explicitly confirming the long-standing custom that when a president dies in office the vice president becomes president, rather than acts as president.
The United States Supreme Court decided on Monday morning to not hear three Second Amendment cases that sought to clarify the rights of people to carry handguns for self-defense purposes outside their homes.
The Supreme Court could announce some news cases and settle some old cases, and will hear arguments in five cases in what will be a busy last week of February.
The amendment was offered as a removal of another obstacle to the right to vote: the poll tax.
This amendment for the first time, effective with the 1964 election, gave District of Columbia residents the opportunity to vote for three presidential electors.
Following Franklin D. Roosevelt’s election to third and fourth terms, this amendment set a future limit at two terms.
Article II of the Constitution establishes the Executive branch of the federal government.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Article. I. Section. […]
The Preamble to the Constitution outlines the purposes of the Constitution, and defines the powers of the new government as originating from the people of the United States.