Hot, hot, hot: The summer of 1787

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 featured a number of heated debates—literally. By June, framing a newer, stronger government was not the only hot topic: so was the weather. Amazingly, the delegates managed to endure an unbearably hot and humid Philadelphia summer to hammer out the Constitution, but not without some difficulty and complaints. William Samuel […]

Constitution Check: Does denial of TV coverage of the Supreme Court violate the First Amendment?

Lyle Denniston canvasses the history of the apparently unending debate—with constitutional overtones—about television broadcasting of Supreme Court proceedings. The statements at issue: “The First Amendment has nothing to do with whether we have to televise our proceedings.” – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in a comment during an interview on the cable TV network C-SPAN, […]

10 tips for communicating with people with disabilities

Today the National Constitution Center, in partnership with the Disability Pride Committee, Liberty Resources, and Vision for Equality, is commemorating ADA’s anniversary with a daylong celebration recognizing all that the disability community has accomplished in the past two decades, as well as the continued fight for civil and human rights. Not sure where to start? […]

Americans with Disabilities Act marks 22nd anniversary today

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The act was signed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. At his side was Justin Dart Jr., a tireless activist and leader of the disability rights movement. Dart was an advocate who was instrumental in helping to pass the ADA. […]

Constitution Check: Does Congress have the authority to require universities to monitor campus crimes?

Lyle Denniston examines a claim that the federal Clery Act, a 21-year-old law designed to improve college campus security, is beyond Congress’s legislative powers. The federal government is now investigating whether Penn State University violated the Clery Act by failing to deal with a years-long sex scandal in its football program. The statements at issue: […]