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Justice Kennedy awarded 2019 Liberty Medal

October 27, 2019 By NCC Staff

On October 27, 2019, the National Constitution Center awarded its 31st annual Liberty Medal to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for his efforts to preserve, protect, and defend liberty by inspiring Americans of all ages to learn about the Constitution through civic education and civil dialogue.

10 little-known facts about President Theodore Roosevelt

October 27, 2019 By NCC Staff

Theodore Roosevelt was one of most dynamic Presidents in White House history, and on the occasion of his birthday, here are 10 fascinating facts about the 26th President.

On This Day: The first Federalist Paper is published

October 27, 2019 By Lana Ulrich

On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers is published in support of the newly signed Constitution.

On this day: The First Continental Congress concludes

October 26, 2019 By NCC Staff

On October 26, 1774, the First Continental Congress ended its initial session in Philadelphia with a list of rights belonging to Colonists and threats of an economic boycott. Within six months, however, armed conflict broke out on American soil.

Abortion, “Preclearance,” and Court-Packing in Fourth Democratic Debate

October 25, 2019 By Jackie McDermott

Abortion became a major focus for the first time on the Democratic presidential primary debate stage, when Senator Kamala Harris highlighted her plan for cracking down on states that unconstitutionally restrict abortion last Tuesday.

On this day, West Virginia starts controversial statehood process

October 24, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On October 24, 1861, a group of delegates in 39 Virginia counties decided to start the process of forming their own state during the Civil War, beginning a constitutional debate that continues to this day.

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On This Day: Senate rejects Robert Bork for the Supreme Court

October 23, 2019 By NCC Staff

On October 23, 1987, the United States Senate held one of the most-controversial votes on a Supreme Court nominee in its history, when it rejected Robert Bork’s appointment.

Could the Supreme Court rule this term on Trump tax returns fight?

October 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Lawyers for President Donald J. Trump and a state prosecutor in New York have reached an agreement to put before the Supreme Court in its current term the historic constitutional dispute over disclosure of the President’s tax returns.

Peyton Randolph: The forgotten revolutionary president

October 22, 2019 By NCC Staff

The first president of the Continental Congress was George Washington’s close friend and Thomas Jefferson’s cousin. So who was this forgotten forefather and why was he a crucial revolutionary figure?

The Louisiana Purchase: Jefferson’s constitutional gamble

October 20, 2019 By NCC Staff

On October 20, 1803, the Senate ratified a treaty with France, promoted by President Thomas Jefferson, that doubled the size of the United States. But was Jefferson empowered to make that $15 million deal under the Constitution?

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