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Justices plan quick ruling on census dispute

February 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Convinced that it must act quickly to settle the issue, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide the legality of adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. 

Explaining the controversy over border wall funds and the Constitution

February 15, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump said he would declare a national emergency to allocate more funds to expand walls or barriers at the United States-Mexico border. The emergency declaration may only apply to Defense Department funds already allocated by Congress, but a long legal fight appears to be on the horizon.

On this day, women first allowed to argue Supreme Court cases

February 15, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a new law that would admit women as members of the Supreme Court bar and allow them to submit and argue cases at the high court.

The story behind the Frederick Douglass birthday celebration

February 14, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On February 14, 2019, America will observe the 201st (or 202nd) birthday of the iconic Frederick Douglass. While the year of his birth has been narrowed down to two possible candidates, the actual month and day Douglass was born are still unknown.

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