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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.

Looking at the latest Emoluments suit against Trump

June 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

It’s one of the Constitution’s most obscure sections, but for a third time this year President Donald Trump is facing a lawsuit based on the Emoluments Clause.

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Puerto Rico’s quest to be the 51st state hits a critical point

June 9, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A Sunday vote in Puerto Rico could result in the commonwealth using an obscure process to seek statehood status in Washington. However long the odds are, the mere act of a territory asking to become a state is rare in modern times.

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Leaks, tapes resurface in latest Comey testimony to Senate

June 8, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Former FBI director James B. Comey appeared before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee for more than two hours on Thursday, and in a throwback to the Watergate era, leaks and tapes were subjects of discussion.

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