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On this day: The Senate censures Joseph McCarthy

December 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 2 is a landmark day in Senate history, marking that chamber’s historic censure of Joseph McCarthy for his conduct during public hearings.

On this day, Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her bus seat

December 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to sit down for her rights on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, putting the effort to end segregation on a fast track.

Podcast: The Masterpiece Cakeshop case

November 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

Vanita Gupta and Michael Moreland join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to preview next week’s Supreme Court arguments about a dispute over a cake shop owner’s right to not create a cake for a same-sex marriage event.

Winston Churchill on why the American Constitution matters

November 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of his birth, Constitution Daily looks back at what the British leader and author Sir Winston Churchill had to say about the American Constitution, which was quite a lot.

On this day, President Johnson calls for the Warren Commission

November 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon Johnson used his constitutional powers to issue an executive order to ask for a special commission to investigate John F. Kennedy’s assassination a week earlier.

On this day, John Paul Stevens nominated to the Supreme Court

November 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 28, 1975, President Gerald Ford made his only Supreme Court nomination when he selected federal judge John Paul Stevens to the nation’s highest court.

On this day, the 25th Amendment gets its first test

November 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 27, 1973, the United States Senate became the first legislative house to act under the 25th Amendment, when it voted to approve Representative Gerald Ford as the new Vice President. A week later, the House also approved Ford, making his appointment official.

On this day, the Amistad captives return home

November 25, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 25, 1841, 35 former slaves returned home to West Africa, after a Supreme Court decision, won by former United States President John Quincy Adams, secured their freedom.

Remembering Zachary Taylor: Military hero, obscure President

November 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 24, 1784, future President Zachary Taylor was born in Virginia. Taylor became an unexpected obstacle to slavery’s expansion, until his sudden death in 1850.

Podcast: The future of digital privacy

November 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

Alex Abdo of the Knight First Amendment Institute and Orin Kerr of George Washington Law debate whether warrantless searches and seizures of cellphone records violate the Fourth Amendment.

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