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The National Constitution Center’s exhibitions, programs, and initiatives receive prominent coverage in regional and national media. Below is just a sampling of the Center’s recent coverage.

Post-Election Spike Drives Constitution Center Website to Become 3rd Most Popular Among Museums

Philadelphia Business Journal: A surge in visits to the National Constitution Center's website following the contentious 2016 presidential campaign season pushed the Old City museum to be the third-most visited museum website in the country – a reflection of its strong reputation and integrity at a time when museums must juggle physical and digital investments.

January 6, 2017

The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump and the Overinflated Presidency

The framers of the Constitution set out to create a presidency energetic enough to lead national initiatives but constrained enough not to threaten liberty, writes Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

December 16, 2016

ABC News Nightline: Questions Surround US Election Results

David Wright interviews Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, about the Electoral College (National Constitution Center feature begins at 3:19).

December 15, 2016

Newsworks WHYY: Examining U.S. Constitution on 225th anniversary of Bill of Rights

Akhil Reed Amar, constitutional expert, is interviewed by Dave Heller of WHYY in advance of his visit to the National Constitution Center on Bill of Rights Day.

December 15, 2016 The Sunshine Debate

Constitution Daily's blog article: Recount bid deadlines fall on Bush v. Gore anniversary, cited as a resource.

December 15, 2016

The New York Times: The Final Vote for President: Learning About the Electoral College

Tom Marshall lists the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution as an additional resource.

December 8, 2016 When Free Speech Comes at a Cost

Michael Gerhardt, scholar in residence at the National Constitution Center, discusses freedom-of-speech protection under the First Amendment. "Employers have always been sensitive to these issues," said Gerhardt. "They're going to be really sensitive these days. Their brands are at stake."

December 7, 2016

The New York Times: States’ Rights for the Left

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, writes in The New York Times: In the wake of the presidential election, as Democrats realized that Republicans will soon control all three branches of the federal government, progressives disinclined to secede from the Union rediscovered another exit strategy: states’ rights.

December 3, 2016

Politifact: New York City Mayor Says President Can’t Defund Sanctuary Cities ‘Across the Board’

Lana Ulrich, associate in-house counsel at the National Constitution Center, comments a constitutional aspect of the debate over funding sanctuary cities.

December 1, 2016

EducationNext: Can a Redesigned AP Government Course Get Schools Back Into the Civic Education Game?

The College Board has enlisted the National Constitution Center to prepare articles for students showing both sides of controversial Supreme Court cases.

December 1, 2016

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It’s True, Clinton as Senator Did Want to Jail Flag Burners

Jim Tharpe quotes Constitution Daily on flag desecration: “The decisions remain controversial to the present day, and Congress in 2006 attempted to pass a joint resolution to propose an amendment to the Constitution to prohibit flag desecration, which failed by just one vote in the Senate.”

December 1, 2016

Bloomberg Law: Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Emoluments Clause

Kimberly Robinson quotes the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution when explaining The Foreign Emoluments Clause: It was “motivated by a fear of corruption.”

December 1, 2016

USA TODAY: Trump Unlikely to Sway Supreme Court on Flag Burning

In USA TODAY, Jeffrey Rosen, president of the nonpartisan National Constitution Center, says flag-burning decisions are "entrenched as part of our First Amendment tradition."

November 30, 2016

Boston Globe: Trump is Wrong About the American Flag, but so is Hampshire College

Joan Vennochi quotes Constitution Daily's article on the history of the flag-burning controversy.

November 30, 2016

Fox News: Democrats and the Belief in Things Unseen

Chris Stirewalt quotes Constitution Daily's article, Winston Churchill on why the American Constitution matters.

November 30, 2016

The Wall Street Journal: Trump Calls for Punishment for U.S. Flag Burning; Here’s Why It’s Legal

Jess Bravin cites Constitution Daily's article on Justice Antonin Scalia's remarks about a controversial flag-burning ruling from 1989.

November 29, 2016

Politico: Trump Calls for Jailing, Revoking Citizenship of Flag-Burners

Louis Nelson cites Constitution Daily's article on Justice Antonin Scalia's remarks about a controversial flag-burning ruling from 1989.

November 29, 2016

International Business Times: How to Keep Trump from Becoming President?

Tim Marcin cites Constitution Daily's article on the 25th Amendment.

November 28, 2016

TIME: What Is an Emolument? Donald Trump Has People Talking About This Part of the Constitution

Olivia B. Waxman cites the Interactive Constitution's common interpretation of The Foreign Emoluments Clause.

November 22, 2016

The New York Times: Donald Trump’s Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit

Adam Liptak cites numerous scholars who contributed to the Center's Interactive Constitution including Zephyr Teachout, Seth Barrett Tillman, and Jay Wexler.

November 21, 2016

The Washington Post: Plausible Electoral College Maps in Which Clinton and Trump Could Have Tied

Aaron Blake cites Constitution Daily's article on an Electoral College tie.

November 9, 2016

The New Yorker: Will Republicans Fight to Shrink the Supreme Court?

Jeff Shesol cites Constitution Daily's article exploring three cases stymied by a Supreme Court vacancy.

October 31, 2016

WHYY Newsworks: From Parchment to iPad: U.S. Constitution Digitized

Avi Wolfman-Arent reports on the Interactive Constitution app, "The app is both a digitized version of the nation’s founding document as well as a guide into the world of constitutional interpretation."

September 16, 2016

KYW Newsradio: Phila. Teachers Honored for Improving Constitutional Literacy in Classrooms

Steve Tawa reports on the National Constitution Center's Civic Literacy Contest which awarded three Philadelphia schools a total of $175,000 to improve constitutional literacy in their classrooms.

September 16, 2016

Scholastic News: How Teamwork Built America

Karen Kellaher details the effort it took to draft one of the most important documents in our nation’s history, the U.S. Constitution.

September 15, 2016

The Washington Post: The National Constitution Center Interactive Constitution Website

Ilya Somin details his participation in the Center's Interactive Constitution. He and Sam Bagenstos contributed essays on the Spending Clause of the Constitution.

September 8, 2016

The New York Times: Inside the Conservative Push for States to Amend the Constitution

Michael Wines quotes National Constitution Center scholar-in-residence Michael Gerhardt who said Article 5’s reticence gave states leeway to improvise.

August 22, 2016

CBS News: National Constitution Center Tells the Story of America

CBS This Morning profiles the National Constitution Center and its mission for civic education.

July 25, 2016

The Huffington Post: Constitution Center Is Alive With the Sound of Debate

Laura Goldman reports on the Center's ongoing efforts under the leadership of president and CEO, Jeffrey Rosen, "Under his stewardship, the public can enjoy the constitution as an interactive experience. With a click of a button, one not only learns about the constitutional definition of freedom of speech, but constitutional experts on both sides of the issue explain related corollaries such as the Supreme Court Citizens United decision which ruled that free speech included campaign donations."

June 24, 2016

The Washington Post: Would Checks and Balances Stop Trump? Don’t Bet on It.

Robert Kagan cites Constitution Daily's article on if the president can ignore Supreme Court rulings.

June 16, 2016 Rep. John Lewis Named Recipient of 2016 Liberty Medal

Mari A. Schaefer reports that the National Constitution Center will present U.S. Rep. John Lewis with the 2016 Liberty Medal.

June 3, 2016

Forbes: Constitution Center Lets Real, Virtual Visitors Create Their Own Presidential Campaign Ad

Jane Levere reports on the Center's "Ad-O-Matic." "The platform—which can be accessed both at the center and online–lets visitors create customized TV spots featuring themselves as the candidate; they can tailor their ad to suit their preferences, choosing a positive or attack message and selecting as many as three key issues—including the economy, environment, healthcare, education and foreign policy—to discuss in the spot."

April 30, 2016

National Review: Don’t Just Stand There: Freedom Day Is Coming

Jack Fowler highlights Freedom Day at the Center and informs readers how they can participate, even if they aren't in Philadelphia.

April 1, 2016

USA TODAY: Interactive Constitution Looks at Americans’ Rights from Both Political Sides

Greg Toppo calls the Center's Interactive Constitution an "internet sensation" especially among young people.

April 1, 2016

Slate: The Top Five Supreme Court Nomination Myths

Paul M. Collins Jr. and Lori A. Ringhand cite Constitution Daily's article on John Tyler -- America's most unusual president.

March 24, 2016

New York Daily News: Take Some Time to Enjoy These Day Trips From New York City

Michael Kaminer suggests a visit to Philadelphia from New York, "Want to make history? The National Constitution Center’s ( timely “Headed to the White House” lets you become a candidate with your own campaign."

March 11, 2016

NBC4 Washington: Presidents Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center

Sarah Pixley encourages readers to learn about the role of the POTUS with a Presidents Day Weekend Celebration in Philadelphia and a visit to the National Constitution Center.

February 12, 2016

Newsworks WHYY: Constitution Center Follows the Long Road ‘Headed to the White House’

Dave Heller discusses the Center's Headed to the White House exhibit, taking visitors from the campaign trail to the Oval Office, with National Constitution Center manager of exhibition development, Sarah Winski.

February 11, 2016

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Constitution Center Upgrading Its Kimmel Theater and Show

Stephan Salisbury reports on the National Constitution Center's multi-million dollar renovation of Freedom Rising in the Sidney Kimmel Theater.

January 13, 2016

Right to bear arms falls short in Chicago debate

The Columbia Chronicle

November 23, 2015

Constitution Center partnering with Google on tech fair

Philadelphia Business Journal

August 17, 2015

John Roberts, the Umpire in Chief

The New York Times

June 27, 2015

Dalai Lama will visit city for honor

The Philadelphia Inquirer

June 18, 2015

Bill of Rights goes on display at Constitution Center

The Philadelphia Tribune

December 15, 2014

Grant to enhance constitutional awareness

The Philadelphia Inquirer

December 9, 2014

2014 Liberty Medal Recipient Malala Yousafzai

Philadelphia Inquirer

June 30, 2014

Presidential Paradox

The Baltimore Sun

May 11, 2014

Monticello comes to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Inquirer

February 25, 2014

Exploring Slavery at Jefferson’s Plantation

Philadelphia Business Journal

February 24, 2014

2014 Spring Preview: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

The Philadelphia Inquirer

January 26, 2014

Gates tells of D.C. experience

The Philadelphia Inquirer

January 24, 2014

Jeff Rosen leads “America’s Town Hall”

Philadelphia Business Journal

September 20, 2013

Kerry Sautner talks Constitution Day

Scholastic News

September 17, 2013

A Day to Celebrate the Constitution

Jeffrey Rosen (

September 15, 2013

Hillary Clinton Receives Liberty Medal

The Philadelphia Inquirer

September 11, 2013

Hillary Clinton awarded Liberty Medal

Yahoo! News

September 10, 2013

Honor for Hillary Clinton brings out bipartisanship

The Washington Post

September 10, 2013

Ginsburg Speaks on Activism

The Philadelphia Inquirer

September 7, 2013

A Bush to honor a Clinton

CNN Politics

June 27, 2013

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