On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s presidency four years later.
Jonathan H. Adler from Case Western Reserve University and Nicholas Bagley from the University of Michigan join National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen to analyze the core constitutional arguments in the latest Obamacare challenge at the Supreme Court.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how the King v. Burwell case about Obamacare has moved to a core constitutional argument about Congress and state governments.
After 80 minutes of arguments on Wednesday, the latest Supreme Court battle over Obamacare has apparently come down to two Justices, the literal meaning of eight words and a direct constitutional question.
On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 24 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.