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The Mexican-American war in a nutshell

May 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

Mid-May marks two key anniversaries in the conflict between the United States and Mexico in that set in motion the Civil War—and led to California, Texas, and eight other states joining the Union.

Transgender-in-military fight moves up in the courts

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Still insisting that the Pentagon will not be ready to accept transgender recruits into the military on January 1, the Trump Administration moved to a higher federal court late on Monday to seek a postponement.

Military soon open to transgender recruits

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In three weeks, transgender individuals seeking to enlist in U.S. military forces may start joining up.  The Pentagon made that announcement Monday within hours after a federal judge refused the Trump Administration’s request to put such enlistments on hold.

Semper Fi! Happy birthday to the Marine Corps

November 10, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1775 that the Continental Congress officially created the Marines to lead the fight “on land and at sea” for independence from the British.

Marine general seeks release, tests conviction

November 2, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A Marine Corps general, being held prisoner in his own apartment at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay after being convicted of contempt of a military court, asked a civilian federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to order his immediate release.

Guantanamo case turmoil deepens; general in contempt

November 1, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The war crimes tribunal system at Guantanamo Bay, often troubled throughout its years in operation, became embroiled Wednesday in a high-stakes confrontation between a colonel and a general, with the general getting punished for contempt of the colonel’s court.

Video: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about the Vietnam War

October 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their visceral, immersive documentary on the Vietnam War in a special National Constitution Center event.

On this day, FDR approves funding the Manhattan Project

October 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Dr. Vannevar Bush to move forward with a top-secret project that led to the world's first atomic bombs. Over the following four years, the Manhattan Project was shrouded in secrecy, despite more than 100,000 people working on it.

Was the Vietnam War unconstitutional?

September 20, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

This is the second of several articles that Constitution Daily will publish on the constitutional legacy of the war in Vietnam, with each article focused on a theme that is being explored in episodes this week and next of the PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  This article is keyed to the broadcast tonight, on the Vietnam conflict as it unfolded in 1966 and 1967.  The remaining Constitution Daily articles will appear next week.

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: Applying the Constitution to Guantánamo prisoners

June 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 29, 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that the Bush administration's use of military commissions to try suspected terrorists was illegal.

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