Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a novel argument that President Obama can directly appoint a Supreme Court Justice if the Senate doesn’t act on a nomination.
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On this day in 1789, the First Congress under our current Constitution met in its first joint session in New York and undertook an important order of business: confirming George Washington’s election as President.
On this day in 1867, United States Secretary of State William Seward signs a deal acquiring Alaska, an agreement that was ridiculed by some as “Seward’s Folly” and opposed in the House.
Tonight at 9 p.m., C-SPAN reairs Landmark Cases, a 12-part series produced in conjunction with the National Constitution Center. The first episode is on the first major Supreme Court decision, Marbury v. Madison.
On March 28, 1834, the U.S. Senate censured President Andrew Jackson in a tug-of-war that had questionable constitutional roots but important political overtones.