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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.

The Supreme Court takes on a big Double Jeopardy case

February 20, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a dispute about a defendant’s claim to double jeopardy if they have multiple trials related to one incident.

A controversial executive order leads to internment camps

February 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.

Podcast: A conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

February 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging conversation in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

How FDR lost his brief war on the Supreme Court

February 5, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt shocked America by introducing a plan to expand the Supreme Court, to gain favorable votes. FDR’s war on the court was short-lived, and it was defeated by a crafty chief justice and Roosevelt’s own party members.

Rosa Parks' journey as a civil rights icon

February 4, 2018 By NCC Staff

On the occasion of Rosa Park’s birthday, Constitution Daily looks at her journey from a childhood in the segregated south to her enduring status as a civil rights icon.

Happy birthday, 15th and 16th Amendments

February 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate a constitutional ratification twofer: the 15th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1870) and the 16th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1913). Here’s what you need to know.

Who were the first six Supreme Court justices?

February 1, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1790 that the United States Supreme Court opened for business. The court back then bared little resemblance to the current one, but it certainly had some interesting characters.

The Supreme Court’s Elections Clause dilemma in Pennsylvania

January 30, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

An appeal to the United States Supreme Court from Pennsylvania lawmakers about a state court gerrymandering decision might create a constitutional dilemma for the nine Justices.

February’s last week a big one for Supreme Court

January 29, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court is now on a break from hearing arguments until mid-February. But the last three days of February are shaping up to be action-packed for the nine Justices.

On this day: The anniversary of Brandeis’ Supreme Court nomination

January 28, 2018 By NCC Staff

On January 28, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated the successful Boston attorney Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court. Although Brandeis is a mostly revered figure today, his battle to get a seat at the Court was ugly and hard-fought

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