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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.

Why Roger Taney statues aren’t Confederate monuments

August 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

This week, two monuments to former Chief Justice Roger Taney were labeled by some press outlets as “Confederate statues.” Taney, while controversial, was never a member of that self-proclaimed republic.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.

Trump immigration fight back to Supreme Court again?

August 10, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration’s legal team indicated on Wednesday that it will take the heated controversy over immigration back to the Supreme Court if government power to exclude foreign nationals is not restored shortly by a federal appeals court.

10 fascinating facts about Watergate four decades later

August 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On a June 17, 1972, police caught five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. So how did a “third-rate burglary” escalate into a near constitutional crisis?

Blame Abraham Lincoln for the nation's first national Income Tax

August 5, 2017 By NCC Staff

Most people aren’t big fans of a national income tax, but it was on this day back in 1861 that the first one was levied by the new President, Abraham Lincoln.

Stephen Breyer’s path to the Supreme Court

August 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

On August 3, 1994, Stephen Breyer was sworn in as the 108th Justice to serve on the Supreme Court. His path to the nation’s highest court included stops at Harvard, the federal court system and a brief stint as a Watergate counsel.

Supreme Court decision could hinder Trump recess appointments

July 27, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Could President Donald Trump use his constitutional recess appointment powers to replace a Cabinet official? That seems to be the question of the day, but it may have already been answered by a 2014 Supreme Court decision.

Looking back: The Supreme Court decision that ended Nixon’s presidency

July 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 43 years ago today that the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a fatal blow to President Richard Nixon’s presidency, in a decision that led to the release of the Watergate tapes.

The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution

July 21, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.

Anticipation already begins for Court’s next term

July 5, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court wrapped up decisions in its current term last week, but legal watchers are already talking about a potential landmark term starting in October.

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