William Howard Taft is a truly unique American figure who led two branches of government, was a wrestling champion and the youngest Solicitor General in American history. Learn more about Taft on the 157th anniversary of his birth.
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 the key questions the Justices will need to weigh as they consider accepting one or more cases about same-sex marriage in their upcoming term.
The Justice Department and the state of Texas are tangling in two separate court cases that could determine how much of the Voting Rights Act is still enforceable.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, previews the various dimensions of the same-sex marriage cases that await the Supreme Court on its return in later this month.
One of the major cases next year in the Supreme Court is about the First Amendment, free speech and Facebook, and the Justices’ decision could hinge on their understanding and interpretation of rap music lyrics.