In the legal dispute between the Justice Department and Senator Robert Menendez over his conduct in office, a key constitutional issue is in play: the right of Congress members to be immune from some criminal charges during the performance of their official duties.
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Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at an attempt in a federal district court to allow the Senate to approve the Iran nuclear deal as a treaty, and not an executive agreement.
It was on August 14, 1935 that President Franklin Roosevelt signed one of his most-sweeping New Deal programs into law, the Social Security Act. The act survived constitutional challenges to become a linchpin of retirement planning and a constant source of debate.
After a sixteen-year reign, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show has abdicated his throne behind the news desk.
An increasing number of prominent politicians in both parties are bashing the Supreme Court on a regular basis.