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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 big day in the history of the United States Postal Service

February 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 20, 1792, President George Washington officially created the modern United States Postal Service by signing a sweeping act that promoted a free press and put privacy safeguards in place.

New Pennsylvania congressional map boosts Democrats

February 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Claiming full authority to do so, a deeply divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew up and released on Monday its own new map of congressional election districts – one that experts calculated would give Democratic candidates a realistic chance of picking up more seats than they have in the past three elections in the state.

Interactive Constitution: The Second Amendment’s meaning

February 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

In this essay from the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution project, scholars Nelson Lund and Adam Winkler look at the Second Amendment’s origins and the modern debates about it.

The Supreme Court’s options on DACA

February 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

On Friday evening, the Supreme Court closed up shop for the holiday weekend without doing anything about DACA – that is, the Trump Administration’s appeal seeking review of its decision to shut down the program of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” 

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.

10 people who very nearly became President

February 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

On Presidents Day 2018, Constitution Daily looks at two “what if” scenarios that would have given us 10 different Presidents through history. What factor would have given us Samuel Tilden, Willie Mangum or Aaron Burr as the nation’s leader?

Why Presidents Day isn’t really a national holiday

February 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will be honoring the legacy of America’s presidents on Monday—even though a national Presidents Day holiday is pure fiction. Officially, the holiday has another name.

Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln: Dueling inaugural addresses

February 18, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1861, former U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis took to a podium for his presidential inauguration and gave an impassioned speech about the Constitution. Three weeks later, Abraham Lincoln did likewise, to much different results.

On this day: A tied presidential election ends in the Washington

February 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1801 that the House finally decided a tied presidential election because of a constitutional flaw: the deadlocked race between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

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