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The Mexican-American war in a nutshell

May 13, 2019 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.

When Congress last used its powers to declare war

December 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.

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.

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.

Video: Digital privacy in the 21st century

May 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Following a keynote address by National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, leading experts consider the future of the Fourth Amendment in the digital age.

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.

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.

The constitutional debates over the military prison at Guantánamo Bay

September 9, 2016 By Lana Ulrich

Gitmo remains a constitutional and political enigma, and its end is not quite yet in sight.

Podcast: The Constitution at Guantánamo Bay

September 8, 2016 By NCC Staff

John Yoo of the University of California, Berkeley, and Karen Greenberg of Fordham University discuss the legal status of detainees and prospects for the prison's closure.

Discussion: Immigration as a national security issue

July 19, 2016 By NCC Staff

This week, scholars Josh Blackman and Michael Gerhardt will discuss on Twitter the constitutional aspects of issues arising at the Republican National Convention. Today, they look at the connection between immigration policies and national security.

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