Constitution Daily

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How the 20th Amendment made lame-duck sessions less lame

January 23, 2020 by NCC Staff

One of the most important, but least discussed, constitutional amendments made government more responsive by greatly shorting the time outgoing elected officials have a role in passing laws.

The Chief, the Senate, and the Trial

January 22, 2020 by Jackie McDermott

Just before the Senate began the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, Ken Starr and Joan Biskupic previewed the trial on last week’s episode of our We the People podcast in a conversation with Jeffrey Rosen. Jackie McDermott recaps the podcast.

On this day, the Roe v. Wade decision

January 22, 2020 by NCC Staff

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that continues to divide the nation to this day.

How the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday became a holiday

January 20, 2020 by NCC Staff

The fight to make the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday a holiday took 32 years, a lot of campaigning, and guest appearances including Stevie Wonder, Ted Kennedy, and the National Football League.

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