Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

On this day: A tied presidential election ends in the Washington

February 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1801 that the House finally decided a tied presidential election because of a constitutional flaw: the deadlocked race between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

Podcast: A conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

February 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging conversation in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On this day, women first allowed to argue Supreme Court cases

February 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a new law that would admit women as members of the Supreme Court bar and allow them to submit and argue cases at the high court.

Three stories of love in the White House

February 14, 2018 By NCC Staff

Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and in a romantic tribute to couples everywhere, it’s time to turn back the pages to remember three unusual White House romances.

On this day, the English Bill of Rights makes a powerful statement

February 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 13, 1689, Parliament in London allows two new monarchs to take the thrown if they honor the rights of English citizens. What became known as the English Bill of Rights was an important influence on the later American Constitution.

10 ways Abraham Lincoln remains in our daily lives

February 12, 2018 By NCC Staff

Abraham Lincoln, the man, was a national figure for a little less than a decade in his lifetime. But Lincoln, the legend, is a daily part of most American’s lives as a figure represented in currency, pop culture and our geography.

How a national tragedy led to the 25th amendment

February 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1967 that two states, Nevada and Minnesota, made the Constitution's 25th amendment a reality, clearing up questions about presidential succession that dated back to the Founders' time.

Remembering William Henry Harrison: The most obscure President?

February 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 9, 1773, future U.S. president William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia. The enigmatic Harrison is best known for his premature death in office. But the ninth president won his race in 1840 using tactics familiar to most of us today.

Podcast: Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

February 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about the Constiution, the rights enjoyed by all Americans, and how the Founders understood the separation of church and state.

The day the Senate picked a U.S. vice president on its own

February 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

One of the little-understood provisions of the 12th Amendment allows the U.S. Senate to name a Vice President under very limited circumstances. It happened once, on this day in 1837.

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