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Chester Alan Arthur’s brave, short presidency

November 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

Fewer leaders had lower public expectations than Chester Alan Arthur, but fewer people knew the 21st President was dealing with a terminal illness while he pressed for government reforms and tax cuts during one term in office.

10 reasons why America’s first constitution failed

November 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 240 years ago today that the Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, was sent to the 13 states for consideration. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

Video: Franklin Foer on the existential threat of big tech

November 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

Franklin Foer, national correspondent for The Atlantic, explores how tech platforms like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google have transformed the way we think and produced a new culture of misinformation that is trampling values such as privacy, autonomy, and individuality.

Video: Hamilton’s vision of federalism, national authority, and judicial review

November 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

America’s leading federal judges and scholars discuss the constitutional vision of the rap star of the moment, Alexander Hamilton, exploring his views on the scope of presidential, congressional, and judicial power in America.

Podcast: Tax reform and the Constitution

November 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

Joseph Fiskin and Steven Willis join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to look at potential constitutional issues related to tax reform measures under debate at Congress.

Philadelphia wins sanctuary city ruling in federal court

November 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

In a 128-page ruling, a federal judge said on Wednesday that the Justice Department can’t withhold grant funding from Philadelphia for not complying with federal “sanctuary city” polices.

Benjamin Franklin’s last great quote and the Constitution

November 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote what was probably his last great quote, a saying about the Constitution and life that became true about five months later.

A birthday salute to Louis Brandeis

November 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the birthday of Justice Louis Brandeis, who make a lasting impact on American constitutional law both before and while he was a justice on the Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939.

10 facts about Presidents who were also Veterans

November 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

On Veterans Day, Constitution Daily looks at 10 Presidents who had first-hand experience serving in the military before they were elected to office and became commanders in chief.

Podcast: Is the fight against ISIS legal?

November 10, 2017 By NCC Staff

Bruce Ackerman and Chris Fonzone join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss a lawsuit challenging several congressional actions used to authorize United States military actions against ISIS and other terror groups.

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