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On This Day: Supreme Court says tax-paying Indians can’t vote

November 3, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On November 3, 1884, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions, when it said that American Indians who paid taxes didn’t have the right to vote in elections.

Testing who is a “birthright citizen”

October 31, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

President Trump has started a new debate about what the Constitution’s “Citizenship Clause” means, but the final answer no doubt will have to come from the courts. The next word from that sector could come in a matter of weeks, from a federal trial judge in Salt Lake City.

Pinky the Dog gets her day at Iowa’s Supreme Court

October 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A dispute about a dog that bit a cat is now at Iowa’s Supreme Court and it addresses an important question about how municipalities can regulate dog breeds deemed as dangerous.

The pardon of Jefferson Davis and the 14th Amendment

October 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially restored the full citizenship rights of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, signing an act from Congress that ended a century-long dispute.

On this day, Supreme Court orders Little Rock desegregation

September 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On September 12, 1958, a unanimous Supreme Court declined a Little Rock School District request to delay desegregation mandated by the Court’s Brown v. Board ruling by more than two years.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2018 By Nicandro Iannacci

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.

10 Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

July 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment's ratification, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal protection under the law.

John Bingham: One of America’s forgotten “Second Founders”

July 9, 2018 By Tom Donnelly

Although forgotten by most Americans, John Bingham is one of the most important figures in American constitutional history. Indeed, Justice Hugo Black called him the “Madison . . . of the Fourteenth Amendment.” And so he was.

Podcast: Supreme Court decisions, deciders and what’s next

June 28, 2018 By NCC Staff

Jeffrey Rosen, host of “We the People,” moderates a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival about the Supreme Court’s momentous recent term.

When the Supreme Court first ruled on affirmative action

June 26, 2018 By NCC Staff

On June 26, 1978, the Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, laying the groundwork for educational standards that still exist today.

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