A look at the first Chief Justice, John Jay

In 1789 on this day of September 26th, John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States – two days after George Washington nominated him. Here are some interesting facts about Jay, including his role in the Federalist Papers.

Constitution Check: Is the U.S. air war in Syria illegal?

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at growing arguments about congressional approval for military actions in Syria and Iraq, and what the Founders intended for war-making and war-declaring powers.

Podcast: How our federal judicial system was born

Jeffrey P. Minear, the Counselor to the Chief Justice of the United States, joins our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the 225th anniversary of the Act that established our federal judicial system.

10 fascinating facts about the Supreme Court

It was back on this day in 1789 that Congress passed the act that officially created the federal judiciary system that included the Supreme Court and other federal courts.