Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Can a President invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling?

August 22, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Back in 2013, an obscure constitutional debate about presidential powers and the debt ceiling received considerable attention. But as a new debt deadline nears in a deadlocked Washington, the 14th Amendment could come back in play in late September.

On this day, we added the 50th state

August 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.

10 birthday facts about the 42nd president, Bill Clinton

August 19, 2017 By NCC Staff

August 19th marks the 71st birthday of former President Bill Clinton, whose eight-year term dominated the decade of the 1990s.

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.

The vote that led to the 19th amendment

August 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, we look back at a young politician whose unexpected vote in the Tennessee state legislature gave all women the right to vote.

Podcast: Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment

August 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed?  Alex Abdo and Eugene Volokh join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the First Amendment aspects of a pending legal case.

Sanctuary City lawsuits pile up as court dates loom

August 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

With California and the city of San Francisco join Chicago in legal fights with the Justice Department over their sanctuary city policies, a showdown in court seems likely in the near future.

The boundaries of free speech at public colleges

August 16, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

When and where can students and members of the public express their free-speech rights at public universities? These First Amendment rights are limited and differ greatly based on policies set by colleges and state lawmakers.

Three Supreme Court cases involving the Ku Klux Klan

August 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Violent public demonstrations involving white supremacists and counter-protesters in Virginia last weekend are driving a lot of attention to the long-debated subject of free speech rights in public locations.

After a century, the Panama Canal still symbolizes executive power

August 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

As the Panama Canal celebrates its 103rd birthday today, the bold act of one U.S. President still resonates as a stroke of policy genius or a grand expansion of executive power.

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