Constitution Daily

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The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

How much do you know about the American flag?

June 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

In honor of Flag Day, here are 10 fascinating facts about Stars and Stripes that may surprise you!

Olmstead case was a watershed for Supreme Court

June 4, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 89th anniversary of the landmark Olmstead v. United States wiretapping case decided by the Supreme Court, which had a far-reaching impact still felt today.

The debate over Confederate monuments and how to remember the Civil War

May 25, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

The removal of four public symbols of the Confederacy in New Orleans highlights the crucial difference between history and memory.

Presidents and trains: Tools of power and symbolism

May 10, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the biggest event in train history, here's a look back at an era when U.S. presidents used train travel to extend the power of their office and make headlines.

10 U.S Presidents who also worked as teachers

May 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On National Teacher Day, Constitution Daily looks at 10 Presidents who were teachers in some capacity before they occupied the White House - including one who later married his own teacher.

10 WPA posters that are Pinterest-worthy decades years later

May 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

The posters of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) inspired Americans in the 1930s and '40s—and 81 years later, their charm appeals to a new generation of Americans, particularly on Pinterest.

The day the Supreme Court killed Hollywood’s studio system

May 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today marks the anniversary of an important Supreme Court case that helped to end the Hollywood studio system and fuel a young television industry in the late 1940s.

J. Edgar Hoover: The library clerk who became America’s ‘most-powerful man’

May 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.

Video: Defining Truth in Modern Politics

May 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Susan Glasser of POLITICO, Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN look at the rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media.

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