On Monday, the United States Supreme Court refused two appeals from Connecticut and New York that asked for assault-weapons ban laws in those states to be reconsidered.
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Today is the 234th birthday of the Great Seal of the United States. So how close did we really come to having a turkey instead of an eagle as our national symbol?
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.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at recent cases involving Puerto Rico and American Samoa that tested the ability of Congress to decide which constitutional provisions or guarantees apply in the territories.
It’s hard to imagine America without the Statue of Liberty, but the icon of freedom didn’t make its first full appearance in New York until June 17, 1885.