Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the potential broad impact of the recent Voting Rights Act decision in Texas.
On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.
A New York attorney’s request for a physical fight over a legal claim raises a few archaic legal arguments over the long-dormant practice of a trial by combat.
On August 12, 1898, the United States and Spain reached a cease-fire agreement in its brief conflict over Cuba and the Philippines. The war marked America’s entrance onto the global stage as a military power.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how Senator Chuck Shumer’s decision to oppose the Iran nuclear deal highlights our differences with the parliamentary system of government.
What do Benjamin Wade, Willie P. Mangum and John Nance Garner all have in common? If not for a last-second decision, or a twist of fate, they might have become Acting President of the United States, in an era before the 25th Amendment existed.
A millionaire businessman becomes President in this first try at an elected office. That’s one of 10 fascinating facts about Herbert Hoover, one of the most-interesting occupants of the White House.
The New York Times reported last week that Vice President Joe Biden briefly considered resigning after his son’s death. But the serious implications of such a move would be well understood by Biden, who is intimately familiar with Congress and the executive branch.
Among the topics covered in Thursday’s two GOP debates were several points about the Constitution. Here is a quick look at those few constitutional references.
In this commentary, Rick Valelly of Swarthmore College says the history of voting rights reminds us that democracy is a work in progress that requires hard thinking and effort from all of us.