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A big day in the history of the United States Postal Service

February 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 20, 1792, President George Washington officially created the modern United States Postal Service by signing a sweeping act that promoted a free press and put privacy safeguards in place.

On this day, the English Bill of Rights makes a powerful statement

February 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 13, 1689, Parliament in London allows two new monarchs to take the thrown if they honor the rights of English citizens. What became known as the English Bill of Rights was an important influence on the later American Constitution.

On the day, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed

February 2, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 2, 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in Mexico without President James K. Polk’s knowledge. The United States acquired about 55 percent of Mexico’s territory for $15 million.

The Supreme Court’s Elections Clause dilemma in Pennsylvania

January 30, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

An appeal to the United States Supreme Court from Pennsylvania lawmakers about a state court gerrymandering decision might create a constitutional dilemma for the nine Justices.

Supreme Court mulls taking frog-protection case

January 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court will consider in private conference the case of unwanted government protection for prodigal endangered frogs from Mississippi that could return to Louisiana.

Dr. Seuss in the land of Fair Use lawsuits

January 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

What is the difference between a parody and a satire? Two recent court cases involving the estate of Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss illustrate a complex answer to that simple question.

First Emoluments Clause test fails in court

December 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A federal judge, the first in history to rule on the meaning of the Constitution’s ban on gifts and other compensation for the President (other than salary), used that interpretation on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit against President Trump and his businesses.

When Congress last used its powers to declare war

December 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.

The constitutional clause at issue in the Menendez trial

October 11, 2017 By Ugonna Eze

The criminal trial of Senator Bob Menendez is well underway, raising a number of important constitutional questions on democratic representation, legislative-executive relations, and the rule of law.

On this day: Congress officially creates the U.S. Army

September 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

To some it seemed like a technicality, but on this day in 1789, President George Washington succeeded in getting the First Congress to recognize the U.S. Army under the terms of our new Constitution.

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