Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at Bernie Sanders’s desire to banish the Citizens United decision, and the constitutional barriers in the way.
About the Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a federal appeals court decision that requires the strictest constitutional test for a law that restricts assault weapons ownership.
The Reagan era of the 1980s is often remembered for the President’s pursuit of ending the Cold War and his legacy as the “Great Communicator.” But Reagan’s impact on the Supreme Court was also significant and still relevant today.
On February 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt shocked America by introducing a plan to expand the Supreme Court, to gain favorable votes. FDR’s war on the court was short-lived, and it was defeated by a crafty chief justice and Roosevelt’s own party members.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a big constitutional question in front of the Supreme Court in the case about President Obama’s immigration orders.