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Article VI

Happy birthday to First United States Congress

April 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1789, the First Congress under our current Constitution met in its first joint session in New York and undertook an important order of business: confirming George Washington’s election as President.

Sanctuary city moves could force issue closer to court dates

March 28, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Justice Department’s announcement of funding sanctions against cities and counties that don’t honor some immigration enforcement policies is the latest step toward a seemingly inevitable legal showdown.

Could Trump administration shut down legal marijuana sales?

February 24, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Remarks from a Trump spokesman that the new administration might want legal recreational marijuana sales to end in several states could start a new controversy over the boundaries of federal power.

Could California really become its own country?

January 30, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

There is now a movement afoot by a group seeking a ballot referendum in California for that state to become its own sovereign nation. It’s not actually a new idea, but it is one that faces extremely long odds.odds.

Constitution Check: Are people who follow some religious faiths barred from the presidency?

September 24, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how part of the debate about a religious test for presidential candidates has been well-settled constitutionally, from the Founding to the present.

Constitution Check: Do state legislatures have the power to shut down state courts?

September 17, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, examines the rising pressure that state legislatures are putting on state courts through budget restrictions and other measures.

Constitution Check: Did the Supreme Court take away states’ power over marriage?

September 8, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at remarks made by a Tennessee judge that his court lacked the power to decide a divorce case because of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.

Sheriffs file Supremacy Clause suit to stop pot in Colorado

March 6, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

A second legal challenge is emerging in the federal court system to Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, with the latest lawsuit repeating a challenge on constitutional grounds.

A Supreme Court love triangle case that could make history

May 12, 2014 By Scott Bomboy

One of the big Supreme Court decisions due soon has flown under the radar, unless you’re a scholar, even though it’s based on a love triangle that could redefine some constitutional history.

Article VI: Prior Debts, National Supremacy Clause, and Oaths of Office

February 21, 2014 By NCC Staff

Article VI of the Constitution allowed the new federal government assumed the financial obligations of the old government, established the "supremacy clause" as the most important guarantor of national union, and required state and federal officials to take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

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