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Packing the Supreme Court explained

March 20, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Senator Marco Rubio plans to propose a new constitutional amendment to permanently limit the Supreme Court to nine Justices. While Rubio faces a difficult task, the effort does raise some questions.

Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court claims its power

February 24, 2019 By Nicandro Iannacci

In an act of “judicial jujitsu,” the Supreme Court issued its decision in Marbury v. Madison on February 24, 1803, establishing the high court’s power of judicial review.

What happens next in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

September 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to end its public hearings about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. So what comes next in the process?

Aaron Burr’s trial and the Constitution’s treason clause

September 1, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It was on this day in 1807 that former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason charges. The trial was truly a “Trial of the Century” in its time and one of the first big tests of the Constitution’s Treason clause.

The Constitution’s Treason Clause: Seldom invoked despite threats

July 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Accusations of treason are a serious matter in the public arena, but history shows few examples of charges followed by convictions in legitimate treason cases.

Podcast: The life and legacy of John Marshall

May 25, 2017 By NCC Staff

Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina and Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond explore the influential career of the nation's longest-serving chief justice.

Podcast: Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

November 17, 2016 By NCC Staff

Dahlia Lithwick of Slate and Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University explain how new appointments to the Court could change constitutional law.

Podcast: Article III and the future of the Supreme Court

October 6, 2016 By NCC Staff

Daniel Farber of the University of California, Berkeley, and Barry McDonald of Pepperdine University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would appoint judges and shape constitutional law.

Update:  Supreme Court sends right-to-sue case back to lower court

May 16, 2016 By NCC Staff

The Spokeo case has lurked under the media radar as one of the biggest decisions of the Supreme Court’s current term. So why do we care about an Internet people search engine that put out incorrect data about a Virginia man?

Constitution Check: In the Supreme Court vacancy fight, which election counts most?

March 10, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston looks at the debate over the next Supreme Court nominee and how the upcoming November presidential and congressional elections may have different impacts on that process.

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