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New York debates having its own constitutional convention

May 30, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

One of the more interesting votes this fall will be in New York, where residents will decide if they will call for a convention to amend the state’s constitution, which has been in effect since 1777.

Podcast: Exploring the debate over ‘sanctuary cities’

May 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University and Cristina Rodriguez of Yale University discuss President Trump's executive order on immigration and how Congress could respond to sanctuary cities going forward.

Today in History: The Confederate Constitution is approved

March 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time.

Podcast: The future of federalism

March 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

In a special live event at Georgetown University, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and Peter Edelman of Georgetown discuss the fate of federalism in the Trump era.

Happy statehood birthday, Alaska!

January 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1959 that Alaska was admitted to the union as the 49th state- ending a process that started 13 years earlier.

How Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November

November 11, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

This Friday, millions of Americans will take time out to honor our military on the traditional time of 11:11 a.m. on November 11. But there was a time when Congress tried to move the holiday, only to face several years of strong public resistance.

U.S. opposes delay of North Carolina voting rights ruling

August 26, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Arguing that North Carolina officials are well on their way toward fully carrying out a federal appeals court ruling that nullified five state restrictions on voting rights, the Obama administration and advocacy groups urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to leave the lower court ruling intact.

Podcast: Voting rights in the courts

August 11, 2016 By NCC Staff

Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice explore recent court rulings on the right to vote in America.

Vice President Profile: John C. Calhoun

June 29, 2016 By Olivia Fitzpatrick

As part of a continuing series this summer, Constitution Daily looks at Vice Presidential selections that had an impact on the Constitution. Today, the Vice President who famously argued for state nullification of federal laws: John C. Calhoun.

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.

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