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Checks and Balances

Democratic lawmakers sue President over business ties

June 14, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Seeking to shore up Congress’s power to block President Trump from gaining benefits from his business empire, nearly 200 Democratic members of the House and Senate sued him in an unprecedented lawsuit on Wednesday.

James Comey and the definition of a ‘constitutional crisis’

May 12, 2017 By Jeffrey Rosen

Writing in The Atlantic, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen explores various definitions of a constitutional crisis and how they help us understand President Trump's firing of the FBI director.

The President v. the courts

February 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Donald Trump isn't the only President to ever criticize the judicial branch.

Analysis: A constitutional lesson for a new president

February 10, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily’s Supreme Court correspondent, says the Ninth Circuit’s ruling on President Trump’s immigration executive order is an affirmation of an independent and watchful judiciary.

The Constitution and the President’s Cabinet

December 20, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

Only nine Cabinet nominees have ever been rejected by the Senate. Will Trump's nominees fare as well?

The Constitution in primetime: 'Designated Survivor' and presidential succession

September 21, 2016 By Chris Calabrese

ABC’s new drama highlights a person who is almost never discussed, and a constitutional issue that often flies under the radar.

Does the separation of powers need a rewrite?

August 22, 2016 By Nicandro Iannacci

One prominent legal scholar offers a “friendly amendment” to Justice Robert Jackson’s famous concurrence in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer.

Constitution Check: Is the transgender rights case a big test for the bureaucracy?

June 10, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center's constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how a new case involving a transgender student heading toward the Supreme Court is shaping up as a significant test of judicial deference to bureaucratic views.

The next President and foreign affairs

June 10, 2016 By Jean Galbraith

In this commentary, Jean Galbraith of the University of Pennsylvania Law School explains how the Constitution and other forces constrain the President in foreign affairs.

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.

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