Nov 27

Did the Founding Fathers want the turkey as our national symbol?

Posted 4 months, 23 days ago.


As we approach another Thanksgiving Day, Constitution Daily looks into a nagging historical question: Did the Founders really intend to use the turkey, and not the eagle, as a symbol of American might?

Nov 26

The Supreme Court ponders the Internet sales tax

Posted 4 months, 24 days ago.


On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will debate, behind closed doors, if Americans should be forced to pay a sales tax on almost items they buy on the Internet.

Nov 22

Real-time broadcast shows how JFK’s death changed television

Posted 4 months, 27 days ago.


CBS will have a real-time replay of its 1963 coverage of President Kennedy’s assassination on its website on Friday, as an eerie reminder of how the event altered the landscape of mass media.

Nov 21

The Senate filibuster, R.I.P. (1806-2013)

Posted 4 months, 28 days ago.


It was a truly historic moment on the Senate floor on Thursday, when Majority Leader Harry Reid led a Democratic Party push to mostly kill the filibuster, the tool used by minority parties in the past to block votes and motions in the Senate.

Nov 21

Looking at Harry Reid’s statement about filibusters and the Constitution

Posted 4 months, 29 days ago.


In the latest Senate squabble over the fate of the filibuster, Majority Leader Harry Reid said earlier this week that the filibuster itself isn’t in the Constitution and the nation can operate without it. But what is the history behind Reid’s statement?