Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Happy birthday, Bill of Rights!

December 15, 2012 By Holly Munson

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791). Here’s what you need to know!

Constitution Check: How transparent is the legal basis for drone strikes?

May 10, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

The Obama Administration says lethal drone strikes on terrorism suspects are in full accordance with the law. But should it engage in more public discussion on the constitutional justification for such a policy?

Obama supports same-sex marriage

May 9, 2012 By Scott Bomboy

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama told ABC News he supports same-sex marriages, but where does Congress currently stand on a constitutional amendment to ban such marriages nationally?

The Constitution This Week: Cell phones, tweets, and strip searches

April 6, 2012 By Holly Munson

The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court's ruling on strip searches, President Obama's civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.

Equality: are we there yet?

March 28, 2012 By Catherine Ormerod

While the Supreme Court was hearing history-making arguments on the Affordable Care Act, delegates and supporters of Vision 2020 made organizational history in Washington as 150 women and men attended a White House briefing Tuesday on domestic policy issues.

Constitution Check: Is the constitutionality of the “war on terrorism” a settled issue?

February 28, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

Ten years have passed since the U.S. government opened the military detention facility at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, symbolizing an energetic effort to round up suspected terrorists. Perhaps a decade might have been long enough for the constitutional issues over war-on-terrorism policies to get settled. That hasn’t happened, though.

Say What? "A scalpel rather than a sledgehammer"

January 18, 2012 By Holly Munson

In this installment, we look at SOPA—the Stop Online Piracy Act—currently being debated in the House.

Striking the balance between liberty and security yesterday and today

November 2, 2011 By Jonathan W. White

For more than two centuries Americans have sought to strike a balance between liberty and security.

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