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Sheriffs file Supremacy Clause suit to stop pot in Colorado

Can a few words shut down Obamacare?

Can a few words shut down Obamacare?

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Stripes and Star Festival: Flag Day and Army Birthday 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

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Earth Day 2015

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Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment?

How does an argument over four words suddenly become a big deal constitutionally?

Tax Day April 15, 2015

Supreme Court Obamacare challenge takes shape, finally

Freedom from Excessive Punishment

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Civic Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

A state governor faces a heavy decision, as a Death Row inmate’s life hangs in the balance. Voices both for and against the death penalty grow louder as she considers both sides of the argument. Hear how she weighs the issue just two hours before the scheduled execution.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the protections of the Eighth Amendment?
  2. What is happening outside the governor’s mansion? Why? What is the issue?
  3. What are the arguments against capital punishment that the governor must consider?
  4. What are the arguments in support of capital punishment?
  5. You are the Governor! Using the language of the 8th Amendment, the arguments for and against capital punishment, what decision would you make in this case? Be prepared to support your answer with textual evidence.
  6. How do we define a cruel and unusual punishment? Has that definition changed over time?

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Search and Seizure

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Civic Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

The Constitution protects us against unreasonable search and seizure. A school student feels that her right to privacy has been violated by her principal’s search of her purse. She gives her side of the story, and gives you something to think about when it comes to the Fourth Amendment.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the protections of the 4th Amendment?
  2. What are the facts of this case? What happened? Try to include facts that involve actions by both the school and TLO.
  3. What are the responsibilities of the students, teachers, and administrators at school?
  4. Do students have a right to privacy at school? What are the limits to this right?
  5. How can a student’s right to privacy interfere with the responsibilities of teachers and administrators?
  6. You are the Supreme Court Justice! Applying the language of the 4th Amendment to the facts in the case New Jersey v. TLO, how would you rule in this case? Be prepared to support your answer with textual evidence.

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Freedom of Expression

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Civic Holiday: Bill of Rights Day

A group that preaches hate wants to hold a public rally at a historic site. The Constitution protects free speech, but what about messages that are unpleasant or hurtful—do we have to hear those, too? A park ranger offers his take on his controversial visitors.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the protections of the First Amendment?
  2. What happened in Maryland at the Antietam battlefield?
  3. Does the First Amendment protect all forms of speech? Can anybody say anything they want, wherever they want, to whomever they want?
  4. Can the government restrict ideas or speech considered hurtful, even before they are expressed?
  5. According to the National Park Ranger, why should the KKK be allowed to hold a rally at the Antietam Battlefield?
  6. What does the National Park Ranger mean by the phrase “market place of ideas”? Why is it important to have a "market place of ideas""?

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Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment To Ensure Gender Equality?

Women’s History Month Programs

Today In History: Abraham Lincoln’s two great Inaugural Addresses

Behind the Revolt: The Origins of American Independence March 9, 2015

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Should we commerorate the birthday of Congress as a national holiday?

Fun with the Founders Spring Break

The other nuclear debate in Washington this week

Senior Fellow for Constitutional Content

Constitution Check: Did the House act illegally in inviting Netanyahu?

Preview: Obamacare’s big Supreme Court test on Wednesday

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Please enjoy this live Town Hall event  from the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Watch live at noon today.

 Behind the Revolt: The Origins of American Independence March 9, 2015 at 12 p.m.
Generations have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against the king, but was it? Political theorist Eric Nelson gives his revisionist take on the central force behind the Revolution and how it speaks to America’s present-day controversies around executive power. Ambassador Joseph Torsella, founding president and former CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
 

Missed one of our Town Hall Events? Please click here to view past events in our video library.

Should President Obama, or any President, be allowed to serve a third term?

Where does the government’s right to require vaccinations come from?

Today in constitutional history: Presidents are limited to two terms in office

Constitution Check: Does anybody in Washington have a duty to save Obamacare?

Podcast: Who holds the redistricting power?

Who holds the redistricting power?

New Slate audio service will feature podcasts from the NCC.

Hiram Revels: The first African-American congressman

Online threats and a big deadline put pressure on Obama and Congress

Obama Keystone XL veto sets high constitutional bar

Constitution Check: Will the government’s global wiretap program ever be subject to challenge?

Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court claims its power

Speaking Out for Equality: the Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court

If Abraham Lincoln had died 1861, who would have replaced him?

Freedom from Excessive Punishment Living News 8th Amendment

Search and Seizure 4th Amendment Living News

Freedom of Expression Antietam Living News

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The Supreme Court’s headscarf case: What type of notice is the “right” notice?

10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument

Can justice be served in the ‘American Sniper’ case?

Stay could prolong Obama immigration battle just a little bit longer

Supreme Court ponders another politics and false statements case

Obama’s Immigration policy at a legal crossroads

Obama’s Immigration policy at a legal crossroads

Obama’s immigration policy at a legal crossroads

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A controversial order leads to internment camps

Constitution Check: Is the President’s new immigration policy already a constitutional dead letter?

Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln: Dueling inaugural addresses

Judith Rodin and The Resilience Dividend

Who holds the redistricting power? Supreme Court will decide

Judith Rodin: The Resilience Dividend

Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment To Ensure Gender Equality?

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Texas federal court temporarily blocks Obama’s immigration programs

David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind

Delayed Opening Today, Feb. 17

Constitution Check: Is the President actually giving up some of his war powers?

Bill Clinton ranks high in new historical presidents study

David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind

Judith Rodin: The Resilience Dividend

Child presidential re-enactors invade National Constitution Center

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Presidential Power and the Constitution

10 people who very nearly became President

Lincoln’s Legacy:The 13th Amendment 150 Years Later

Obama calls for war authorization, reopening constitutional debates

Presidential powers and the Constitution

Podcast: Presidential powers and the Constitution

Creating Camelot Press Kit

Video: Sandra Day O’Connor on Lincoln’s legacy

Justice O’Connor On Lincoln’s Legacy

National Constitution Center unveils Newseum traveling exhibit Of Kennedy family photography

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe showcases more than 70 intimate photographs and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. — photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.”

Lowe was Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958 through his early years in the White House. His extraordinary access to Kennedy’s private and public life allowed him to capture events that others could not. His photographs document Kennedy’s rise to power, from his 1958 re-election campaign to the White House, along with intimate scenes of the Kennedys at home. The exhibit also explores how Lowe’s images were used in the media.

A large touch-screen monitor allows visitors to view more than two dozen of Lowe’s original contact sheets, including the editing marks that indicate the images he selected for publication in various newspapers and magazines. The exhibit also includes an original film about Jacques Lowe and the Kennedy family.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with the Jacques Lowe Estate. The Newseum, an interactive museum of news, is located in Washington, D.C. newseum.org

David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind

Lincoln’s Legacy: The 13th Amendment 150 Years Later

Federal judge orders Alabama official to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Educator Resources

Living News is a play that dramatizes current constitutional issues. The piece modernizes the Constitution, focusing on the controversial issues we face today through the stories of ordinary people. It introduces a variety of constitutional issues and questions, and encourages students to think about where they stand on these issues. Use the classroom clips and discussion questions below to get started!

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Video Library

Video: Lincoln’s legacy and the 13th amendment 150 years later

New Exhibition of Kennedy Family Photography “Creating Camelot” opens at the Constitution Center

Join the conversation with our exciting winter season of America’s Town Hall events!

Is Philly convention good news for the Democrats’ chances in 2016?

10 ways Abraham Lincoln remains in our daily lives

A Celebration of African American History Month, Presidents Weekend and a new Exhibit

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Wardrobe Supervisor: Jamie Grace-Duff

Past Creative Team

Sound Design: Christopher Colucci, Mark Valenzuela
Lighting and Video Design: Terry Smith
Scenic Design: Matt Saunders
Costume Design: Rosemarie McKelvey

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Living News

We know it is often challenging for young people to make a personal connection to the Constitution and its relevancy in their lives. That’s why we created Living News. Living News is a fast-paced, up-close, theatrical performance introducing current and controversial constitutional issues to students. This dynamic, 25-minute performance incorporating video, contemporary music and current news broadcasts features three engaging actors to bring the action right up to the audience. We encourage the audience to be participants in the story!

Click below to see a sneak peek of the performance:

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Throughout the performance, actors talk directly to the audience and, at times, involve them in the action. Following the performance, the students are invited to offer their opinions, ask questions and share their thoughts. The museum’s education staff guides a dialogue centered around timely constitutional issues such as:

*Topics are changed regularly to ensure the most up-to-date experience.

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