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The pardon of Jefferson Davis and the 14th Amendment

October 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially restored the full citizenship rights of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, signing an act from Congress that ended a century-long dispute.

Judge clears way for trial of kids’ climate change case

October 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A federal trial judge in Oregon said on Monday that a group of teenagers is entitled to a court test of their claim about a constitutional right to a safe environment.

Justice Byron White: A retrospective

October 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

On October 16, 1962, Justice Byron R. White joined the Supreme Court as one of two appointments made by President John F. Kennedy. In 2012, Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston wrote a retrospective about White's Supreme Court career, which he have reprinted here.

Supreme Court takes public access TV case with bigger implications

October 15, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court will settle a dispute over a video that aired on a New York City public access television channel that could have ramifications for social media and public radio stations.

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