On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a resolution, approved in Congress, declaring war against Great Britain. Over the next two and half years, both sides engaged in bitter contests, and the war ended with much unchanged between the two nations.
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The United States Supreme Court, in a majority opinion from Justice Anthony Kennedy, said on Monday that the President, and not Congress, has the power to determine how Jerusalem is listed on U.S. passports.
As expected, Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul blocked a last-second attempt on Sunday to pass a new law that contains a reformed NSA phone data collection program. But the surveillance program could be back in place in a few days.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the looming June 1 deadline facing Congress about NSA spying programs, and the core constitutional issues in the debate.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul, with some help from his friends, completed a 10 ½-hour talk on the Senate floor late Wednesday night. So how does Paul’s latest effort compare to other extended oratory in the Senate?