Mar 26

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Happy Birthday, Sandra Day O’Connor!

Posted 2 years, 0 months ago.


Today is the 82nd birthday of retired Supreme Court Justice and a longtime friend of the National Constitution Center, Sandra Day O’Connor.

Feb 23

Constitution Check: Is affirmative action in college admissions doomed?

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago.


In a continuing series of posts, Lyle Denniston provides responses based on the Constitution and its history to public statements about the meaning of the Constitution and what duties it imposes or rights it protects. Today’s topic: the future of college admissions policies based on race. The statement at issue: “I think it’s ominous. It… [Continue Reading]

Feb 17

Constitution Check: Does the Constitution protect private moral convictions?

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago.


From the very founding of the Nation, the Constitution has been understood to protect private religious beliefs from government intrusion. The same is not true for private moral values or convictions.

Jan 16

What Would Dr. King Say?

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.


Is it time to finally declare Dixie “changed”? That is at the heart of the Texas redistricting decision now before the Supreme Court.

Dec 8

Constitution Check: Can citizens suspected of terrorism be held indefinitely without a trial?

Posted 2 years, 4 months ago.


It depends upon how, in a future case, the Supreme Court interprets the first decision on terrorism law to be issued following the September 11, 2001, attacks — Hamdi v. Rumsfeld.