Apr 21

Another big week on tap for the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will hear two significant cases and announce more decisions this week, as the nation’s highest court swings back into gear. Among the highlights: a TV dispute, truth telling in political campaigns, and a possible big decision from a case heard last October.

Apr 17

Benjamin Franklin’s last days, his funeral, and a U.S. Senate slight

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Today marks the 224th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death, which drew many different responses from the citizens of Philadelphia (who mourned in droves) and the U.S. Senate (which refused to mourn Franklin).

Apr 16

Constitutional right to flash your head lights gains momentum

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Should a driver have the legal ability to flash their headlights as an alert to a police presence on the road? That knotty legal question is gaining momentum after a legal decision in Missouri, an Oregon ruling, and a new effort in New Jersey.

Apr 14

The forgotten man who almost became president after Lincoln

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On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.

Apr 11

The filibuster that almost killed the Civil Rights Act

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This week, four U.S. presidents gathered in Texas to mark the 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act. But for the actions of a few men, the Act may have been years later in coming.