Constitution Daily

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Shutdown, border wall highlight lame-duck session

November 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, Congress starts its final or “lame duck” session to end the year, with several major issues to resolve before 2019 begins.

How Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November 11

November 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

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.

Semper Fi! Happy birthday to the Marine Corps

November 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1775 that the Continental Congress officially created the Marines to lead the fight “on land and at sea” for independence from the British.

On this day, Supreme Court upholds baseball’s antitrust exemption

November 9, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On November 9, 1953, the United States Supreme Court upheld a prior, controversial decision that allowed major league baseball to operate outside of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Ninth Circuit rules against Trump administration on DACA

November 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

Quoting the Supreme Court’s landmark Marbury v. Madison decision, a three-judge Ninth Circuit has upheld a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program.

Was gerrymandering the stealth issue in the 2018 midterms?

November 8, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

As the dust settles on the 2018 midterm elections, one outcome that could last longer than the immediate vote is the election’s impact on gerrymandering – the practice of lawmakers drawing districts to favor a party in power.

Jeff Sessions’ removal rare but not without precedent

November 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of Jeff Sessions, effectively firing his own Attorney General, in a rare move not without precedent.

What constitutional powers do the Democrats get by winning the House?

November 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Democratic Party will have a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since early 2011. How will that affect the constitutional balance in Congress going forward?

Midterms result in a divided Congress

November 7, 2018 By NCC Staff

After a heavy turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, while the Republicans will keep control of the Senate.

Government asks Supreme Court to shut down DACA

November 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program and to do so in the Court’s current term.

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