Constitution Daily

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3-D gun plan dispute gets hearing next week

August 17, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Next Tuesday, a federal judge based in Washington state will hear arguments about the efforts of 19 states to block a website from offering 3-D-printer gun blueprints, an issue that touches several constitutional amendments and has started a national debate.

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Another border shooting case could be heading to Supreme Court

August 13, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A Ninth Circuit appeals court ruling may bring a question back to the Supreme Court about the ability to sue border agents at the United States-Mexico border for fatal shootings.

Five little-known men who almost became president

August 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

What do Benjamin Wade, Willie P. Mangum and John Nance Garner all have in common? If not for a last-second decision, or a twist of fate, they might have become Acting President of the United States, in an era before the 25th Amendment existed.

Do digital service users have a right to remain anonymous?

August 9, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A federal judge’s ruling earlier this week raises an interesting First Amendment question about the anonymous use of a digital social-sharing service to communicate controversial messages.

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The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the limits of presidential power

August 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It was 54 years ago today that a joint session of Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, an act that led to the Vietnam War’s escalation and the eventual passage of another act seeking to curb presidential powers.

On this day, an early victory for the free press

August 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On August 4, 1735, a jury acquitted publisher John Peter Zenger of libel charges against New York’s colonial governor, in an early landmark moment for the free press and the American legal system.

On this day, the Declaration of Independence is officially signed

August 2, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

August 2, 1776 is one of the most important but least celebrated days in American history, when 56 members of the Second Continental Congress started signing the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

An update on the Emoluments cases

August 1, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Among the legal challenges faced by the Trump administration is one centered on obscure parts of the Constitution, two sections that deal with the concept of “emoluments.”

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The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution

July 21, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.

A historical footnote: Supreme Court Justice Alexander Hamilton?

July 16, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

For a brief moment in 1795, George Washington’s attorney general floated an idea that didn’t have a chance of success but surely would have been interesting: Alexander Hamilton as a Supreme Court Justice.

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