Lyle Denniston, our constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the chain of events that led to Thursday’s Sixth Circuit federal appeals court ruling, which almost certainly sends the legality of same-sex marriages back to the Supreme Court in the near future.
On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States in a bitter contest against the incumbent Vice President, Richard Nixon. It was one of the closest elections in American history, and some people still doubt its outcome.
Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern and Mike Ramsey from the University of San Diego to discuss a big Supreme Court case over the use of the word “Israel” on a passport.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, examines the potential for gridlock over a Supreme Court nomination, should such a vacancy occur over the next two years.
On November 6, 1860, voters in the United States went to the polls in an election that ended with Abraham Lincoln as President, in an act that that led to the Civil War. But Lincoln’s actual victory didn’t happen on that day, and his victory wasn’t assured for months.
On November 5, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term in office—an unprecedented act that would be barred by a constitutional amendment a decade later.
In three closely watched state referendums on Tuesday, two states passed expanded right to hunt provisions as state constitutional amendments, while Maine will apparently keep its bear-hunting policy.
Alaska and Oregon approved referendums on Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana, but it could be a similar measure passed in the District of Columbia that triggers a public fight with Congress.
When the Republican Party moves to take over control of the United States Senate in January, life will be different in Washington in some significant ways as a Congress controlled fully by the GOP will need to deal with a lame-duck President.
As the Republicans gain control of the United States Senate in early 2015, the new majority party will face two interesting tests of their newly regained powers. Specifically, the GOP leadership will face a decision on how to handle filibuster rules imposed last year by Democrats, and the upcoming nomination hearings for a new Attorney General.