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Trump and the Constitution: A year in review and our coverage

January 26, 2018 By Lana Ulrich

In the year since President Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, a myriad of constitutional issues has so far arisen during his term in office. Here is a review of our coverage of these important topics.

Can the Cabinet “remove” a President using the 25th amendment?

October 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

In a new Vanity Fair article, the magazine claims former White House adviser Steve Bannon warned President Donald Trump that his own Cabinet could remove him by invoking the 25th amendment. Is that how the amendment actually works?

Interactive Constitution: The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

July 20, 2017 By Brian C. Kalt and David Pozen

Brian C. Kalt and David Pozen look at how the Twenty-Fifth Amendment seeks to answer a series of questions raised by the original Constitution’s treatment of presidential and vice-presidential vacancies and presidential disability.

Breaking down the 25th amendment: What you need to know

May 19, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The 25th amendment to the Constitution is getting a bit of public attention these days. So what does the amendment do and why does it remain a hot topic, since its ratification in 1967?

A controversial President who established presidential succession

March 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the 227th birthday of John Tyler, Constitution Daily looks back at the legacy of a most unusual President who established the concept of presidential succession and eventually was elected to the Confederate Congress.

Podcast: Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment at 50

February 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute explain how succession works and how it can be improved.

The Constitution in primetime: 'Designated Survivor' and presidential succession

September 21, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

ABC’s new drama highlights a person who is almost never discussed, and a constitutional issue that often flies under the radar.

What happens if a Vice President resigns and nobody takes his place?

August 10, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

The New York Times reported last week that Vice President Joe Biden briefly considered resigning after his son’s death. But the serious implications of such a move would be well understood by Biden, who is intimately familiar with Congress and the executive branch.

Zachary Taylor's shocking death amid the slavery expansion crisis

October 2, 2014 By Scott Bomboy

As part of Constitution Daily’s Forgotten Presidents week, we look at Zachary Taylor – who unexpectedly opposed the expansion of slavery but died after eating a bowl of cherries.

25th Amendment: Presidential Vacancy and Disability

February 25, 2014 By NCC Staff

This amendment clarifies the Constitution's previously ambiguous language about presidential succession, explicitly confirming the long-standing custom that when a president dies in office the vice president becomes president, rather than acts as president.

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