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.
Daniel Webster was one of the seminal figures of 19th century America as an orator and politician. Perhaps less known is Webster’s influence on the Supreme Court, and especially the Marshall Court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.