Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

On this day 100 years ago, America enters World War I

April 6, 2017 By Chris Calabrese

On April 6, 1917, Congress approved President Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war against Germany, thus plunging the nation into World War I.

When Presidents use executive privilege

March 24, 2017 By Chris Calabrese

One of the great constitutional myths is the principle of executive privilege. Though the term is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, every President has called upon it when necessary.

Proposed regulations for protests run up against First Amendment concerns

February 24, 2017 By Chris Calabrese

Do proposed laws in several state legislatures violate the Constitution's guarantee of free speech?

Appointment of Defense secretary highlights obscure rule, role of military in democracy

February 11, 2017 By Chris Calabrese

General James Mattis received a waiver allowing him to take the job, despite his recent retirement. Is this good for democracy?

The Constitution and the President’s Cabinet

December 20, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

Only nine Cabinet nominees have ever been rejected by the Senate. Will Trump's nominees fare as well?

Roosevelt, Brandeis, and the AT&T-Time Warner merger

November 17, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

It may be a long time before a final ruling on the controversial deal.

New report examines the state of free speech on university campuses

October 20, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

Is free speech under threat? Or is the concern overblown?

Cassius Marcellus Clay, fiery Kentucky abolitionist

October 19, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

On October 19, 1810, Cassius Marcellus Clay, politician, abolitionist, and namesake of Muhammad Ali, was born.

Supreme Court to hear racial gerrymandering cases

October 13, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

States have to comply with the Voting Rights Act. So how much can they consider race in redistricting?

The Constitution in primetime: 'Designated Survivor' and presidential succession

September 21, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

ABC’s new drama highlights a person who is almost never discussed, and a constitutional issue that often flies under the radar.

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