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On this day, Congress proposes the Bill of Rights to the states

September 25, 2017 By NCC Staff

On September 25, 1789, the First Congress made a highly-anticipated move in arguably the most important congressional session in history, when it agreed on a list of constitutional amendments known as the Bill of Rights.

Podcast: Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100

June 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

Cybersecurity expert Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck of the University of Texas explore the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication.

This week in Supreme Court history: A win for ‘stop and frisk’

June 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 10, 1968, the Court ruled that a police officer may stop and search a citizen on the street if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" that the citizen is armed or involved in a crime.

Can President Trump block people on Twitter?

June 9, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

One legal group says that's a violation of the First Amendment.

On This Day: James Madison introduces the Bill of Rights

June 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 8, 1789, James Madison addressed the House of Representatives and introduced a proposed Bill of Rights to the Constitution. More than three months later, Congress would finally agree on a final list to present to the states.

Will major church-state case come to nothing?

April 14, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Our Supreme Court correspondent, Lyle Denniston, explains how one of the biggest cases of the current term may not be heard next week after a surprise development in Missouri.

Tinker v. Des Moines: Protecting student free speech

February 24, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

On February 24, 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that students at school retain their First Amendment right to free speech.

Proposed regulations for protests run up against First Amendment concerns

February 24, 2017 By Chris Calabrese

Do proposed laws in several state legislatures violate the Constitution's guarantee of free speech?

Five “unusual” amendments that never made it into the Constitution

February 23, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

If some folks had their way, a three-person tribunal, and not the President, would provide leadership of the “United States of Earth,” in a nation where divorce is illegal.

Podcast: President Trump's immigration order: Is it legal?

February 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

Peter Spiro of Temple University and Anil Kalhan of Drexel University explore the best arguments for and against the President's controversial action on refugees and international travel.

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