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Supreme Court rules for church in playground materials case

June 26, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A divided Supreme Court said on Monday that a Missouri church had a right to receive a public grant for rubber playground materials, but it stopped short of determining if the state’s Blaine Amendment was unconstitutional.

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Supreme Court accepts wedding cake case, denies guns case

June 26, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court finally acted on Monday on two closely watched cases about church-government relations and the right to carry a gun outside of a home. But only one case will be heard by the Justice next term.

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Supreme Court decides Takings Clause case as term winds down

June 23, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court has ruled on an important test first posed by Justice William Brennan nearly 40 years ago about property rights, as Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the Court's four liberal Justices on Friday.

House, Senate wrangle over “blue slipping” dispute

June 21, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Senate-endorsed sanctions against Russia are on hold after the House flagged the proposed legislation for an obscure “blue-slip” violation.  So what exactly is a blue slip and how can it stop Senate legislation?

Things to watch in Supreme Court’s immigration ban consideration

June 21, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court’s nine Justices will meet behind closed doors to consider appeals in the Trump administration’s immigration ban case. Here is a brief rundown of what to expect before and after that meeting.

Why we don’t have a turkey on our Great Seal

June 20, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the 235th birthday of the Great Seal of the United States. So how close did we really come to having a turkey instead of an eagle as our national symbol?

Supreme Court decision could bolster Redskins in trademark case

June 19, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A unanimous Supreme Court said on Monday that the federal government’s power to ban all trademark protections for names it deems to be offensive violates the Constitution’s First Amendment.

What happens when no one wins a presidential election?

June 15, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

We don’t talk a lot about the 12th Amendment at the National Constitution Center, but this week marks a milestone that is an important part of the Constitution: It allows Congress to settle disputed presidential elections.

How Aaron Burr changed the Constitution

June 15, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Former vice president Aaron Burr usually isn’t credited as a Founding Father, but there is one instance where Burr directly helped to change the Constitution by forcing the passage of the 12th amendment.

The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

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