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Sports gambling gets its day at the Supreme Court 

December 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

One of the bigger cases of the current Supreme Court term pits federal control over legalized sports betting versus state’s rights. And there are signs after Monday’s arguments at the Court a change could be coming to the gambling world.

Martin Van Buren’s legacy: Expert politician, mediocre president

December 5, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On Martin Van Buren's birthday, Constitution Daily looks at the man who helped to create our modern two-party political system, well before he became eighth President.

Can a President obstruct justice? The legal experts have a few thoughts

December 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On Monday, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney made a pointed argument in a media interview that a President can’t be charged with obstructing justice.  On further review, that statement and the opinions of legal experts about it are under some close scrutiny.

On this day, the Whig Party becomes a national force

December 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On December 4, 1839, the Whig Party held its first national convention, an important milestone in its rise to political power.

Supreme Court denies Westboro funeral protest appeal

November 27, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Without comment, the United States Supreme Court denied an appeal from the Westboro Baptist Church on Monday about a Nebraska law that restricts its ability to protest at funerals.

Was Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation the first Executive Order?

November 23, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

This Thursday, Americans celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday that has its roots in colonial traditions. But was that holiday actually created by the first executive order issued by a President?

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Federal judge’s order sets up sanctuary city showdown

November 21, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A federal judge in California has issued a permanent national injunction against a Trump administration executive order against “sanctuary cities,” likely setting up a Supreme Court showdown in the near future.

Supreme Court “Floating House” winner gets second court date

November 20, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

It’s rare for one person to get a victory at the Supreme Court, but a South Florida man will try for a second win this spring in a case about his arrest at a public meeting more than a decade ago.

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Supreme Court takes political clothing at polls case

November 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On Monday, the Supreme Court accepted an appeal about the ability of a voter to wear clothing or campaign buttons at a polling place that endorses a political cause.

How Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November

November 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

This Friday, millions of Americans will take time out to honor our military on the traditional time of 11:11 a.m. on November 11. But there was a time when Congress tried to move the holiday, only to face several years of strong public resistance.

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