Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Lincoln and Taney’s great writ showdown

May 28, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On May 28, 1861, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney directly challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime suspension of the great writ of habeas corpus, in a national constitutional showdown.

Trump administration loses another immigration-ban appeal

May 25, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Fourth Circuit Appeals Court has ruled against President Donald Trump’s immigration-ban executive order, in another rebuke of the controversial policy. In a 10-3 decision made by the full court, Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory’s majority opinion had strong words about the executive order, starting with his opinion’s first paragraph.

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Understanding Michael Flynn’s Fifth Amendment case

May 24, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn seemingly won’t comply with congressional subpoenas to produce records related to a Senate investigation. What’s the constitutional basis for this controversy and can the Senate hold Flynn in contempt?

Did Trump administration concede a key sanctuary city point?

May 23, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Justice Department wants a federal judge to drop or amend an injunction against President Trump’s sanctuary city executive order, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made a key change to lessen the policy’s potential impact on states, counties and cities.

A Senate referee could hold the keys to health care changes

May 22, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Over the next few months, the Senate will debate its version of the Obamacare health care repeal passed by the House, and a little-known official could play an important role in what changes get included in the Senate’s version of the bill.

Breaking down the 25th amendment: What you need to know

May 19, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The 25th amendment to the Constitution is getting a bit of public attention these days. So what does the amendment do and why does it remain a hot topic, since its ratification in 1967?

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What the Founders thought about impeachment and the President

May 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

One of the most hotly debated clauses in the Constitution deals with the removal of federal government officials through the impeachment process. But what did the Founders who crafted that language think about the process and its overall intention?

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On this day, Abraham Lincoln is GOP nominee in an upset

May 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On May 18, 1860, former Congressman Abraham Lincoln upset the Republican front runner, William Seward, at the party’s second convention in Chicago, setting in motion the eventual regional split that became the Civil War.

FBI Director job openings usually get filled quickly

May 10, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The current search to replace former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey may not last long, if recent historical trends hold true. But any Comey replacement will need the constitutionally mandated consent of the Senate to win the job.

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How a C-grade college term paper led to a constitutional amendment

May 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The 27th Amendment is the most recent amendment to the Constitution, and its existence today can be traced to a college student who proposed the idea in a term paper and was given a C by his professor for the idea.

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