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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.

Podcast: Marijuana and the Constitution

May 12, 2016 By NCC Staff

Douglas Berman of The Ohio State University and Randy Barnett of Georgetown University explore the constitutional issues at stake in the regulation and legalization of marijuana.

Could Texas secede from the United States, if it wanted to?

May 2, 2016 By Jonathan Stahl

The upcoming Republican state convention in Texas may consider the topic of the state's secession from the United States. Here's a look at what practical and constitutional barriers would prevent that.

Podcast: Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

January 28, 2016 By NCC Staff

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers listener questions about citizenship, gun rights, same-sex marriage, and more.

Constitution Check: Does the “Clean Power Plan” violate the Tenth Amendment?

January 28, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a debate over states’ rights and Obama administration’s ambitious efforts to protect the environment from carbon pollution.

When cities get wiped off the map

January 22, 2016 By Nicandro Iannacci

Local self-governance is a proud American tradition. But in dire circumstances, cities face the dramatic option of ending their existence altogether.

Election Day 2015: What the states decided

November 4, 2015 By Jonathan Stahl

While no federal candidates were up for election, voters in some states had the opportunity to approve or reject interesting ballot initiatives and referenda.

Constitution Check: May lawyers lead a campaign to defy the Supreme Court?

October 13, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the ramifications of a call from a law professors and lawyers group for states to ignore the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision.

Constitution Check: Is another key part of the Voting Rights Act in trouble?

August 13, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the potential broad impact of the recent Voting Rights Act decision in Texas.

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