Constitution Daily

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Can a President really abolish a national monument?

April 28, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump’s executive order asking for a review of national monuments has some critics saying the Trump administration may take the unusual step of delisting a monument. However, Trump wouldn’t be the first President to attempt such a move.

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Explaining why all federal courts are not the same

April 26, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump created some confusion on Wednesday with his Twitter criticism of the “Ninth Circuit” for ruling against his sanctuary cities policies, when a lower court system judge handed down a decision.

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A landmark gerrymandering case heading toward the Court’s next term

April 25, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court will likely end hearing arguments for its current term in late April, but some court followers are looking ahead to the big cases that could be in front of the nine Justices starting in October.

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Government shutdown 101: Why they happen and what is closed

April 24, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Later this week, Congress will face a budget-funding deadline that could lead to a partial government shutdown starting on Saturday. So what happens if politicians can’t reach a deal?

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Gorsuch’s first vote could move major case to full court

April 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch gets to cast his first private conference vote later this week, and it could help to move a major religious liberty and gay rights case to the Court this fall.

The remarkable career of Charles Evans Hughes

April 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On the 155th anniversary of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at the career of Charles Evans Hughes, former Chief Justice and a man who lost the 1916 presidential election by 4,000 votes cast in California.

Neil Gorsuch to join Supreme Court as its 113th Justice

April 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Senate has confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court bench as its 113th and newest Justice after a confirmation vote late Friday morning. Gorsuch will take the seat vacated by the late Antonin Scalia last year.

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Senate kills Supreme Court filibuster in historic moment

April 6, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A Republican Senate majority killed the chamber’s historic filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominations in a contentious Thursday vote. Earlier, several Democrats joined the Republicans in a failed attempt to invoke cloture and override the filibuster by conventional means.

Is Aaron Burr really the father of the filibuster?

April 5, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

As the Senate gets ready to eliminate its filibuster on Supreme Court nominations, it’s time to look back at how Congress got this unique procedure, thanks partially to Aaron Burr.

What really killed the first President to die in office?

April 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On April 5, 1841, the news that President William Henry Harrison was dead shocked a nation. So what killed a man who had just entered the White House 30 days prior to his death?

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