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Happy birthday, 17th Amendment!

April 8, 2015 By NCC Staff

The 17th Amendment, which was ratified this day in 1913, allowed senators to be directly elected by the people rather than by state legislatures.

The Constitution This Week: Filibusters, the defense bill, and church and state

May 20, 2012 By Holly Munson

Here’s a brief look at the top constitutional news stories and commentaries from this week: Filibusters, the defense bill, and church and state.

Congress and the Constitution’s 225th Anniversary

January 30, 2012 By Lee Hamilton

The Framers regarded Congress as so important they put it first, as Article I, Section 1. What was seen then as the keystone of republican government is now widely regarded as the “broken branch.”

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