Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

The most underrated Founding Father: Oliver Ellsworth?

April 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of Oliver Ellsworth’s birth, Constitution Daily looks back an important founder who helped forge a compromise that led to the Constitution, and later played important roles in the early Senate and Supreme Court.

10 birthday facts about President James Monroe

April 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

James Monroe was the only president, aside from George Washington, to run unopposed for re-election. But that may not be the most surprising fact about the last Founding Father to occupy the White House.

Podcast: The Madisonian Constitution and the future of freedom

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

In excerpts from Freedom Day 2017, Mickey Edwards and Norm Ornstein reflect on the state of Congress, and George Will offers his take on the future of freedom.

Supreme Court Scorecard: The current term

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

The Supreme Court is heading toward the home stretch of an eventful and unusual term. Here is a quick update of the major cases heard in Court since October, with a few other cases left undecided.

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10 fascinating facts about President Ulysses Grant

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 195th birthday of Ulysses Grant, who played a unique role in American history. Here is a look at a military leader who later became president in one of the nation’s most troubled decades.

Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

James Buchanan: How he currently trends as the worst President ever

April 23, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s James Buchanan’s birthday, so it’s time to revisit a recently debated topic: why many historians consider Abraham Lincoln’s predecessor to be the worst President in U.S. history.

Video: How Neil Gorsuch could change the Court

April 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Joan Biskupic of Reuters News, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the judge's record and his potential to shape the Court — and constitutional law — for decades to come.

Podcast: Religious liberty at the Supreme Court

April 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Marci Hamilton of the University of Pennsylvania and Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty discuss the issues and best arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.

Five myths about the start of the Revolutionary War

April 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775 at the towns of Lexington and Concord. But how accurate are some of the key facts that have been handed down to us through the generations?

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