Constitution Daily

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Why Roger Taney statues aren’t Confederate monuments

August 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

This week, two monuments to former Chief Justice Roger Taney were labeled by some press outlets as “Confederate statues.” Taney, while controversial, was never a member of that self-proclaimed republic.

The vote that led to the 19th amendment

August 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, we look back at a young politician whose unexpected vote in the Tennessee state legislature gave all women the right to vote.

The boundaries of free speech at public colleges

August 16, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

When and where can students and members of the public express their free-speech rights at public universities? These First Amendment rights are limited and differ greatly based on policies set by colleges and state lawmakers.

Five little-known men who almost became president

August 11, 2017 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.

Groups sue Trump over transgender military policy

August 9, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Two advocacy groups have filed suit against President Donald Trump on Fifth Amendment grounds after the President said on Twitter that he was directing the nation’s military to disallow transgender individuals from military service.

Chicago’s lawsuit against Sessions has a familiar ring

August 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The city of Chicago is taking the Trump administration to court in a lawsuit that makes a series of constitutional claims stated in other sanctuary city cases.

Subpoena threats for news organizations real, but not new

August 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Justice Department is looking at an expanded policy to subpoena more news organizations who publish classified information. So how would this affect journalists’ First Amendment rights?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the limits of presidential power

August 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

It was 53 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.

A huge free press victory by the original Philadelphia Lawyer

August 4, 2017 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.

Trump’s constitutional objections to sanctions raise old arguments

August 3, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump’s constitutional objections to a Russia sanctions bill he signed on Wednesday have raised some old arguments about foreign policy power sharing within the federal government.

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