Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, explains the argument over a GOP Senate letter to Iran and its potential violation of an obscure law.
The highest court in the land of toys isn’t the Supreme Court, it’s apparently Lego, which won’t allow Supreme Court figurines in a play set because they are considered too “political.”
There’s a tug of war happening in Washington between President Obama and some Congress members over nuclear talks with Iran. So what are the key constitutional points in the debate?
On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at Monday’s Supreme Court Amtrak decision as a sign that a constitutional separation-of-powers argument from the 1930s could be back in play.
On March 10, 1848, the Senate approved a treaty that led to California and much of the Southwest joining the United States. But the man who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was promptly fired on his return to Washington.
It’s not exactly March Madness, but the Supreme Court has some big decisions in its pipeline that could be coming down in the next few weeks, including a case with international implications and an important ruling on a Facebook case.
Generations have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against the king, but was it? Political theorist Eric Nelson gave us his revisionist take on the central force behind the Revolution and how it speaks to America’s present-day controversies around executive power, in a National Constitution Center event.
On March 7, 1965, civil rights activists were attacked by Alabama police fought near a bridge in Selma, Alabama, in a moment that shocked a nation and helped lead to the Voting Rights Act. Today, the images are still shocking and the debate over voting rights remains unsettled.
A second legal challenge is emerging in the federal court system to Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, with the latest lawsuit repeating a challenge on constitutional grounds.