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.
Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute explain how succession works and how it can be improved.
ABC’s new drama highlights a person who is almost never discussed, and a constitutional issue that often flies under the radar.
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.
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.
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.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 wasn't the first time the U.S. had to deal with presidential succession. In fact, there had already been seven times that a vice president assumed the presidency due to the president's death.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress risked a “constitutional crisis” if it asked him to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun scandal. But is the situation really that dire?