Constitution Daily

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Is the last filibuster in danger again after health-care defeat?

July 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The collapse of Republican efforts to advance a revised health care bill has President Trump calling for the death of the last-remaining Senate filibuster. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

The Constitution’s Treason Clause: Seldom invoked despite threats

July 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Accusations of treason are a serious matter in the public arena, but history shows few examples of charges followed by convictions in legitimate treason cases.

Gerald Ford’s unique role in American history

July 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the birthday of the late former President, Gerald R. Ford, who went from being a college football star to the White House under the most unusual circumstances.

Twitter users sue President Trump for First Amendment violations

July 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

As promised, a First Amendment group has filed suit in federal court on behalf of a group of Twitter users who were offended after they were blocked by Trump or his surrogates from following the President’s social media account.

Can a Vice President be charged with a crime while in office?

July 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On July 12, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr faced the prospect of murder charges after shooting Alexander Hamilton. Why didn’t those charges come to pass and what would happen today in a similar situation?

Why does Congress usually take a month-long recess in August?

July 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

As pressure mounts on the Senate to pass a health-reform bill, Mitch McConnell has eliminated part of its annual August vacation. So what are the constitutional and legislative roots of this long-held tradition?

Supreme Court gets a Ten Commandments appeal from New Mexico

July 10, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Disputes about the presence of Ten Commandments monuments on public property seem commonplace, but the Supreme Court has seldom tackled the issue. But will the current Court take up the controversial topic this year?

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Anticipation already begins for Court’s next term

July 5, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court wrapped up decisions in its current term last week, but legal watchers are already talking about a potential landmark term starting in October.

When is the real Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?

July 2, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

There’s no doubt the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. But which date has the legitimate claim on Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?

On this day, Supreme Court temporarily finds death penalty unconstitutional

June 29, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On June 29, 1972, the Court decided in a complicated ruling, Furman v. Georgia, that the death penalty application in three cases was unconstitutional. The Court clarified that ruling in 1976, putting the death penalty back on the books under different circumstances.

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