Apr 2

The president as emperor? The current executive power debate



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Has President Obama exceeded his constitutional power as president? Or have the president’s actions mirrored those of other past leaders? Here’s a look at the book that started the Imperial Presidency debate, back in 1973, and some ideas from its author.



Apr 2

Controversial trailblazer: Remembering the first woman in Congress



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Jeannette Rankin is best remembered today as the only member of Congress to oppose World War II. But Rankin was a trailblazer in many ways in addition to her pacifist views.



Apr 1

Video: Heritage Foundation’s Jim DeMint



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Watch video as the Heritage Foundation’s Jim DeMint talks about his proposed solutions to overcoming obstacles in health care and education.



Apr 1

Constitution Check: Do college athletes have a right to be paid a salary?



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Lyle Denniston looks at claims by the NCAA that the desire of Northwestern University football players to unionize should be decided by the Supreme Court.



Apr 1

April Fools? German as America’s official language in 1795



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For centuries, stories have persisted about Congress almost approving German as our official language, except for one vote by its German-speaking leader. So how close is that story to the truth?



Mar 31

The Civil Rights Act and its path through Philadelphia



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Author Todd Purdum looks at an important anniversary involving the Civil Rights Act Of 1964, and two connections to the Philadelphia area.



Mar 31

A tribute to the cat who ran for the U.S. Senate



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Among the most interesting and most viewed stories in Constitution Daily’s history is the tale of Hank the Cat, the feline who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012. Today, we pay tribute to the Hank, who passed away last month at the age of 10.



Mar 31

A constitutional look at how Obamacare made it to today’s historic deadline



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Today is the final day many eligible people can enroll in health coverage for 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. As the intense political and legal battles continue, but here’s a look at the constitutional issues in play and how we got here.



Mar 28

Texas abortion law case seems headed toward Supreme Court test



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A federal appeals court ruling on Thursday upheld abortion laws in Texas and seemingly sets up a very important Supreme Court test at some point.



Mar 28

The conflict between rap lyrics and the First Amendment



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The First Amendment’s free speech rights aren’t unlimited, and as some recent cases involving rap music artists show, rappers can be protected by that constitutional right, or face jail time for saying the wrong things.