On a blustery Christmas Day in 1776, George Washington led a daring attack in what we would call today a “special ops” mission by the Founding Fathers that changed the course of American history.
December 25 is celebrated in parts of the world as Christmas Day, as a religious holiday (commemorating the birth of Jesus) and a secular holiday. It’s also a big day for other events in American history.
On December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent officially ended the War of 1812, but the delayed news couldn’t stop nearly 1,000 British troops from being killed at the Battle of New Orleans.
The news out of Washington this week of potential tariff actions by the Trump administration in January harks back to one of the big political and constitutional issues of a long-ago age.
The Supreme Court on Thursday appeared to concede the practical reality that a ninth Justice will not be approved for the bench until several weeks into the new Trump administration.
Six years ago, an inmate in California and his lawyer convinced a judge that the Seinfeld-inspired holiday Festivus was a legitimate religious activity. The story made national headlines, but it also contained a few lessons about the legal system—and kosher food.
“America’s greatest teacher of the Bill of Rights” explains the document’s history and importance on its 225th anniversary.
The new year will bring a new nominee to the Supreme Court with an incoming Republican administration taking over the White House, and three long-overdue cases finally will get a spot on the Supreme Court calendar.
The new Trump administration will be in office only 11 days when it must take its first position on a constitutional issue, arising in a major Supreme Court case on prolonged detention of immigrants in prison-like conditions.
As another holiday season approaches, the annual debates about the appropriateness of religious-themed displays on public property continue.