Jul 9

A presidential death and averting two constitutional crises

Posted 9 months, 11 days ago.


President Zachary Taylor’s death on July 9, 1850 shocked a nation that was in a heated debate about issues that eventually led to the Civil War. But his sudden passing also sidestepped two constitutional crises.

Jul 5

A few facts about public polling and the Founding Fathers

Posted 9 months, 15 days ago.


A Gallup poll released on Independence Day has an eye-catching concept: the Founding Fathers would dislike today’s America. But did the survey groups actually understand the people who founded this country?

Jul 2

Snowden says Obama administration isn’t running a constitutional government

Posted 9 months, 18 days ago.


Embattled NSA leaker Edward Snowden says the Obama administration isn’t running a “constitutional government,” in the latest war of words with American officials.

Jun 30

Did Abraham Lincoln omit God from the Gettysburg Address?

Posted 9 months, 20 days ago.


Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address at a public cemetery dedication 150 years ago this year. But was the mention of God really taken out of the famous speech by the president himself?

Jun 28

Don’t forget four other big Supreme Court decisions this term

Posted 9 months, 22 days ago.


As the Supreme Court winds ends its historic 2012-2013 term, decisions about same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action grabbed headlines. But there were other big cases the Court decided well before June.