On August 14, 1935, Social Security was born. And as with any newborn, it changed lives.
In a continuing series of posts, Lyle Denniston provides responses based on the Constitution and its history to public statements about the meaning of the Constitution and what duties it imposes or rights its protects. Today’s topic: corporate personhood. The constitutional claim: “Corporations are people, my friend….Of course they are…Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to […]
What would the founding fathers say about a state that has seven electoral votes being the stepping stone in the nomination process?
On this day in 1972, Richard M. Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign, and the term for the scandal that prompted his resignation—”Watergate”—continues to be referenced today.
American history never tasted so good.
A congressional committee held a hearing July 27 on the slow pace of government moves to write new rules to govern the credit rating agencies like Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Ratings. This was shortly before S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, sending financial tremors around the globe. The constitutional […]
How tough a job is it? Here are 10 storms weathered by our nation’s presidents.
In Tennessee, it turns out that there is a lot of discussion around getting square with the constitution — the 1870 Tennessee state constitution, that is.
At breakfast in Washington last week with Tom Ingram, the former chief of staff to Tennesseee Senator Lamar Alexander, I asked what the hot political talk was in Tennessee these days. It turns out that there is a lot of discussion around getting square with the constitution — the 1870 Tennessee state constitution, that is. […]
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