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The National Constitution Center’s exhibitions, programs, and initiatives receive prominent coverage in regional and national media. Below is just a sampling of the Center’s recent coverage.

Philly Voice: Rare, Handwritten Drafts of U.S. Constitution Rewrite Document’s History

The documents will be displayed together for first time in new gallery at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

April 25, 2017

Truncating Trump: Is Impeachment Plausible?

Jeffrey Rosen President and CEO, The National Constitution Center, joins 1A to talk about the Constitution's Impeachment Clause.

April 17, 2017

The Atlantic: Political Polarization Killed the Filibuster

The practice once promoted debate and compromise, but now, the 60-vote requirement is tantamount to a legislative death sentence. An article by Jeffrey Rosen and Tom Donnelly.

April 8, 2017

The Hill: Trump Should Speak Out Against Europe’s Effort to Suppress Free Speech

CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses free speech in the age of social media.

April 6, 2017

The Wall Street Journal: Wider Political Battles Play Out in Fight Over Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch

“Both Democrats and Republicans sincerely believe their narratives, and in a sense both are correct,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center.

March 31, 2017

The New York Times: The Roots of the Battle Over Neil Gorsuch: ‘They Started It’

“This is more the coup de grâce than a new beginning,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center.

March 31, 2017

C-SPAN: Politics and Prohibition

In an event recorded at the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen leads a discussion about the history and politics of prohibition.

March 28, 2017

Gorsuch mentions Constitution Center during testimony

During an exchange with Senator Ben Sasse on Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch spoke about the importance of the Founders and Philadelphia as keys to understanding that document’s enduring strength.

March 22, 2017

Week 9: Can Judges Be Impervious to Party Politics?

Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, joins host Charlie Sykes and other guests to discuss judges and political influences.

March 22, 2017

Constitution Center CEO mentioned during Gorsuch hearing

Among Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley’s remarks on Tuesday morning at Neil Gorsuch’s nomination hearing was a brief mention of National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.

March 21, 2017

Politico Playbook: Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Senate Showdown

The influential political website references Jeffrey Rosen's latest piece on the Gorsuch nomination in The Atlantic.

March 21, 2017

1A: Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Senate Showdown

Jeffrey Rosen joins the conversation on the popular radio talk show about the Gorsuch nomination.

March 21, 2017

Forum KQED: Partisan Divide Evident as Judge Gorsuch Delivers Message of Unity at Confirmation Hearing

CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses Judge Gorsuch’s jurisprudence and the politics surrounding his confirmation.

March 21, 2017

Meet Neil Gorsuch

Josh Gerstein quotes Jeffrey Rosen about the Gorsuch nomination process.

March 20, 2017

Gorsuch’s Goal in High Court Confirmation Hearing: Don’t Mess Up

Greg Stohr talks with Jeffrey Rosen about the dramatic aspects of Supreme Court hearings.

March 20, 2017

The Brian Lehrer Show WNYC: Understanding the Gorsuch Hearings

Jeffrey Rosen discusses Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing.

March 20, 2017

The Atlantic: A Supreme Court Nominee Alert to the Dangers of Big Business

Far from reflexively favoring big corporations over small competitors, Judge Neil Gorsuch has a nuanced view of antitrust law. An article by Jeffrey Rosen.

March 20, 2017

CNN: Schumer’s Warning About Gorsuch Is Dead Wrong

As constitutional scholar and president of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen observes, the theme of religious liberty runs through Gorsuch's opinions...

March 19, 2017

Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien: What Will Gorsuch Reveal About His Judicial Philosophy?

Jeffrey Rosen sits down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the judicial philosophy of the man likely to become the next Supreme Court Justice...

March 18, 2017

McClatchy DC: Obstacles Are Ahead, but Gorsuch Seems Set to Clear Confirmation Bar

“It has, indeed, been smooth and well-executed, largely because he’s such an appealing candidate,” Jeffrey Rosen, president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center.

March 17, 2017

The National Law Journal: Here’s What to Expect at Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

Apart from the political fireworks, "these hearings should be a riveting constitutional seminar," said Jeffrey Rosen, a Supreme Court scholar and National Constitution Center president.

March 17, 2017

The Sidebar C-SPAN: Special Preview: Jeffrey Rosen

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses the evolution and significance of the Supreme Court confirmation process.

March 17, 2017

The New York Times: A Guide to Museums Getting Political This Year

In January, the National Constitution Center introduced a new website, WeLoveTheConstitution.org, where Americans of all political persuasions can celebrate the United States Constitution.

March 13, 2017

Indivisible WNYC: Why Does Russia Matter to Trump’s Administration?

CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses the importance of the Justice Department in the Trump administration.

March 6, 2017

Indivisible WNYC: Living Under an Authoritarian Regime

Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, discusses the history of executive powers in America.

February 22, 2017

Spiked: The Trump Challenge is Constitutional

Podcast: Jeffrey Rosen on the legal battle over Trump's immigration order.

February 18, 2017

AP: Ex-VP Biden Elected Chair of National Constitution Center

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected chair of the board of trustees at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center.

February 15, 2017

Politico: Biden to Chair National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

"Vice President Biden has devoted himself to educating all Americans about the founding principles of the Constitution and their timeless relevance today,” Rosen said.

February 15, 2017

The Hill: Biden Elected Chair of Nonpartisan National Constitution Center

"I am honored to chair the National Constitution Center and to succeed Governor Jeb Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George H.W. Bush at the head of this national treasure,” Biden said in a statement.

February 15, 2017

Joe Biden Tapped as Chairman of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

The Washington Times: Mr. Biden called the center “a national treasure.”

February 15, 2017

Philly.com: Biden Named Chair of the National Constitution Center

NCC president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen said that the NCC board of trustees voted unanimously to select Biden, and that his term would begin immediately.

February 14, 2017

VOA: SCOTUS Nomination

Jeffery Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, talks with host Carol Castiel about the politics and substance of President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

February 10, 2017

Newsweek: The Anti-Trump Resistance: Lawyers Lead the Fight Against the White House

“Administrative law is suddenly glamorous,” says Jeffrey Rosen, the president of the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

February 10, 2017

ABC News Online: How Trump’s Criticism of Judiciary Could Complicate Supreme Court Confirmation

Jeffery Rosen, the president of the National Constitution Center, said he expects Democratic senators to seek reassurance that Gorsuch will uphold the Constitution, regardless of Trump's wishes.

February 9, 2017

The Atlantic: Not Even Andrew Jackson Went as Far as Trump in Attacking the Courts

The former president was critical of Chief Justice John Marshall’s rulings. But it was on constitutional, rather than political or personal, grounds. An article by Jeffrey Rosen.

February 9, 2017

The New York Times: Supreme Court Nominee Calls Trump’s Attacks on Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’

Jeffrey Rosen, the president of the National Constitution Center...said there was a rich history of presidents strongly criticizing judges on matters of law.

February 8, 2017

All Things Considered NPR: DOJ, States Argue Whether to Lift Suspension of Trump’s Travel Ban

"Essentially, these judges seemed quite willing to delve into the substantive constitutional as well as the statutory arguments."

February 7, 2017

Legal Challenges to Trump’s Actions Highlight Limits of Presidential Power

All Things Considered NPR: NPR'S Robert Siegel interviews Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, about Judge Robart's wording regarding whether the executive order on immigration is rational and grounded in facts.

February 7, 2017

NewsWorks: Executive Orders Are Business as Usual; Trump’s White House No Exception

Michael Gerhardt, a scholar in residence at the National Constitution Center, wasn’t surprised. This is normal when the White House shifts in control, because with it comes policy change, he said.

February 6, 2017

NBC News Online: With Executive Orders, Trump Embraces Time-Honored Power Move

Michael Gerhardt, the National Constitution Center's scholar-in-residence: "Executive orders are often mundane and routine, but are sometimes quite dramatic."

February 5, 2017

CNN Michael Smerconish: Judge’s Restraining Order on Trump Travel Ban

Constitutional Scholar Jeffrey Rosen explains the federal judge's restraining order on President Trump's refugee travel ban.

February 4, 2017

Politico: First in Playbook

Jeffrey Rosen in The Atlantic, “A Jeffersonian for the Supreme Court”: “[H]is record suggests a willingness to transform the law and to enforce constitutional limitations on the excesses of Congress and the president..."

February 2, 2017

Fresh Air NPR: If Confirmed, Would Neil Gorsuch Rule Contrary To Trump’s Policies?

Legal expert Jeffrey Rosen says of the Supreme Court nominee: "If he thought that individual liberty was threatened by presidential or congressional overreaching, then he would step in."

February 1, 2017

New York Times: Evaluating Trump’s Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: A Lesson Plan

In this 2011 Op-Ed, Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, described originalism.

February 1, 2017

Radio Times WHYY: Trump’s SCOTUS Pick; Then, Trump’s EOs and the Constitution

President Trump named his pick for the vacant Supreme Court seat Tuesday night. Today, we’ll talk with JEFFREY ROSEN, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, and with MEG KINNARD, reporter for the Associated Press about Trump’s nomination and what it means for the nation’s highest court.

February 1, 2017

The Atlantic: A Jeffersonian for the Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch’s record suggests a willingness to transform the law and to enforce constitutional limitations on the excesses of Congress and the president. An article by Jeffrey Rosen.

February 1, 2017

Associated Press: Conservative Gorsuch Emulates Scalia Minus the Rough Edges

Associated Press: Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the bipartisan National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, has known Gorsuch since they worked as clerks on the federal appeals court in Washington, though for different judges.

February 1, 2017

Philly.com: Trump Announces Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch

“He is one of the most respected conservative legal intellectuals on the federal bench,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

January 31, 2017

Philly.com: Trump Nominee Could Reshape the Supreme Court — or the Senate

“The most immediate effect is it returns to being the ‘Kennedy Court,’ ” said Michael Gerhardt, a professor of constitutional law at the University of North Carolina who is the National Constitution Center’s scholar-in-residence.

January 31, 2017

Politico: Trump Picks Gorsuch for Supreme Court

“Neil Gorsuch is one of the most respected conservative originalist legal intellectuals of his generation,” said Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center.

January 31, 2017

Vanity Fair: Who Is Neil Gorsuch? Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

"The real appeal of Gorsuch nomination is he’s likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over Anthony Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court,” Jeffrey Rosen, of the National Constitution Center, told Politico.

January 31, 2017

Teen Vogue: Donald Trump Names Neil Gorsuch His Supreme Court Nominee

"Like Justice Scalia, he sometimes reaches results that favor liberals when he thinks the history or text of the Constitution or the law require it..." Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center told Politico.

January 31, 2017

Las Vegas Review Journal: Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center told Politico that Gorsuch is the person “likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over” Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court.

January 31, 2017

Scalia’s Views Mixed with Kennedy’s Style: Meet Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Pick for the Supreme Court

Los Angeles Times: “Neil Gorsuch is an impressive, wide-ranging legal intellectual and one of most respected originalists of his generation,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. “His opinions show a commitment to the history and text of the Constitution, regardless of where the results lead.”

January 31, 2017

POLITICO: Neil Gorsuch: Who is He? Bio, Facts, Background and Political Views

“The real appeal of Gorsuch nomination is he’s likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over Anthony Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court,” said Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center.

January 31, 2017

Heavy: Neil Gorsuch’s Political Views: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center told Politico this week that because of the way Neil Gorsuch approaches his cases, there will likely be instances in which liberals are pleased by the way Gorsuch comes down on an issue.

January 30, 2017

Washington Post: “The Constitution and the Administrative State” Video

Ilya Somin discusses his participation in the National Constitution Center's America's Town Hall program, “The Constitution and the Administrative State.”

January 13, 2017

The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump and the Overinflated Presidency

The framers of the Constitution set out to create a presidency energetic enough to lead national initiatives but constrained enough not to threaten liberty, writes Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

December 16, 2016

ABC News Nightline: Questions Surround US Election Results

David Wright interviews Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, about the Electoral College (National Constitution Center feature begins at 3:19).

December 15, 2016

Newsworks WHYY: Examining U.S. Constitution on 225th anniversary of Bill of Rights

Akhil Reed Amar, constitutional expert, is interviewed by Dave Heller of WHYY in advance of his visit to the National Constitution Center on Bill of Rights Day.

December 15, 2016

Snopes.com: The Sunshine Debate

Constitution Daily's blog article: Recount bid deadlines fall on Bush v. Gore anniversary, cited as a resource.

December 15, 2016

The New York Times: The Final Vote for President: Learning About the Electoral College

Tom Marshall lists the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution as an additional resource.

December 8, 2016

Philly.com: When Free Speech Comes at a Cost

Michael Gerhardt, scholar in residence at the National Constitution Center, discusses freedom-of-speech protection under the First Amendment. "Employers have always been sensitive to these issues," said Gerhardt. "They're going to be really sensitive these days. Their brands are at stake."

December 7, 2016

The New York Times: States’ Rights for the Left

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, writes in The New York Times: In the wake of the presidential election, as Democrats realized that Republicans will soon control all three branches of the federal government, progressives disinclined to secede from the Union rediscovered another exit strategy: states’ rights.

December 3, 2016

Politifact: New York City Mayor Says President Can’t Defund Sanctuary Cities ‘Across the Board’

Lana Ulrich, associate in-house counsel at the National Constitution Center, comments a constitutional aspect of the debate over funding sanctuary cities.

December 1, 2016

EducationNext: Can a Redesigned AP Government Course Get Schools Back Into the Civic Education Game?

The College Board has enlisted the National Constitution Center to prepare articles for students showing both sides of controversial Supreme Court cases.

December 1, 2016

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It’s True, Clinton as Senator Did Want to Jail Flag Burners

Jim Tharpe quotes Constitution Daily on flag desecration: “The decisions remain controversial to the present day, and Congress in 2006 attempted to pass a joint resolution to propose an amendment to the Constitution to prohibit flag desecration, which failed by just one vote in the Senate.”

December 1, 2016

Bloomberg Law: Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Emoluments Clause

Kimberly Robinson quotes the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution when explaining The Foreign Emoluments Clause: It was “motivated by a fear of corruption.”

December 1, 2016

USA TODAY: Trump Unlikely to Sway Supreme Court on Flag Burning

In USA TODAY, Jeffrey Rosen, president of the nonpartisan National Constitution Center, says flag-burning decisions are "entrenched as part of our First Amendment tradition."

November 30, 2016

Boston Globe: Trump is Wrong About the American Flag, but so is Hampshire College

Joan Vennochi quotes Constitution Daily's article on the history of the flag-burning controversy.

November 30, 2016

Fox News: Democrats and the Belief in Things Unseen

Chris Stirewalt quotes Constitution Daily's article, Winston Churchill on why the American Constitution matters.

November 30, 2016

The Wall Street Journal: Trump Calls for Punishment for U.S. Flag Burning; Here’s Why It’s Legal

Jess Bravin cites Constitution Daily's article on Justice Antonin Scalia's remarks about a controversial flag-burning ruling from 1989.

November 29, 2016

Politico: Trump Calls for Jailing, Revoking Citizenship of Flag-Burners

Louis Nelson cites Constitution Daily's article on Justice Antonin Scalia's remarks about a controversial flag-burning ruling from 1989.

November 29, 2016

International Business Times: How to Keep Trump from Becoming President?

Tim Marcin cites Constitution Daily's article on the 25th Amendment.

November 28, 2016

TIME: What Is an Emolument? Donald Trump Has People Talking About This Part of the Constitution

Olivia B. Waxman cites the Interactive Constitution's common interpretation of The Foreign Emoluments Clause.

November 22, 2016

The New York Times: Donald Trump’s Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit

Adam Liptak cites numerous scholars who contributed to the Center's Interactive Constitution including Zephyr Teachout, Seth Barrett Tillman, and Jay Wexler.

November 21, 2016

The Washington Post: Plausible Electoral College Maps in Which Clinton and Trump Could Have Tied

Aaron Blake cites Constitution Daily's article on an Electoral College tie.

November 9, 2016

The New Yorker: Will Republicans Fight to Shrink the Supreme Court?

Jeff Shesol cites Constitution Daily's article exploring three cases stymied by a Supreme Court vacancy.

October 31, 2016

WHYY Newsworks: From Parchment to iPad: U.S. Constitution Digitized

Avi Wolfman-Arent reports on the Interactive Constitution app, "The app is both a digitized version of the nation’s founding document as well as a guide into the world of constitutional interpretation."

September 16, 2016

KYW Newsradio: Phila. Teachers Honored for Improving Constitutional Literacy in Classrooms

Steve Tawa reports on the National Constitution Center's Civic Literacy Contest which awarded three Philadelphia schools a total of $175,000 to improve constitutional literacy in their classrooms.

September 16, 2016

Scholastic News: How Teamwork Built America

Karen Kellaher details the effort it took to draft one of the most important documents in our nation’s history, the U.S. Constitution.

September 15, 2016

The Washington Post: The National Constitution Center Interactive Constitution Website

Ilya Somin details his participation in the Center's Interactive Constitution. He and Sam Bagenstos contributed essays on the Spending Clause of the Constitution.

September 8, 2016

The New York Times: Inside the Conservative Push for States to Amend the Constitution

Michael Wines quotes National Constitution Center scholar-in-residence Michael Gerhardt who said Article 5’s reticence gave states leeway to improvise.

August 22, 2016

CBS News: National Constitution Center Tells the Story of America

CBS This Morning profiles the National Constitution Center and its mission for civic education.

July 25, 2016

The Huffington Post: Constitution Center Is Alive With the Sound of Debate

Laura Goldman reports on the Center's ongoing efforts under the leadership of president and CEO, Jeffrey Rosen, "Under his stewardship, the public can enjoy the constitution as an interactive experience. With a click of a button, one not only learns about the constitutional definition of freedom of speech, but constitutional experts on both sides of the issue explain related corollaries such as the Supreme Court Citizens United decision which ruled that free speech included campaign donations."

June 24, 2016

The Washington Post: Would Checks and Balances Stop Trump? Don’t Bet on It.

Robert Kagan cites Constitution Daily's article on if the president can ignore Supreme Court rulings.

June 16, 2016

Philly.com: Rep. John Lewis Named Recipient of 2016 Liberty Medal

Mari A. Schaefer reports that the National Constitution Center will present U.S. Rep. John Lewis with the 2016 Liberty Medal.

June 3, 2016

Forbes: Constitution Center Lets Real, Virtual Visitors Create Their Own Presidential Campaign Ad

Jane Levere reports on the Center's "Ad-O-Matic." "The platform—which can be accessed both at the center and online–lets visitors create customized TV spots featuring themselves as the candidate; they can tailor their ad to suit their preferences, choosing a positive or attack message and selecting as many as three key issues—including the economy, environment, healthcare, education and foreign policy—to discuss in the spot."

April 30, 2016

National Review: Don’t Just Stand There: Freedom Day Is Coming

Jack Fowler highlights Freedom Day at the Center and informs readers how they can participate, even if they aren't in Philadelphia.

April 1, 2016

USA TODAY: Interactive Constitution Looks at Americans’ Rights from Both Political Sides

Greg Toppo calls the Center's Interactive Constitution an "internet sensation" especially among young people.

April 1, 2016

Slate: The Top Five Supreme Court Nomination Myths

Paul M. Collins Jr. and Lori A. Ringhand cite Constitution Daily's article on John Tyler -- America's most unusual president.

March 24, 2016

New York Daily News: Take Some Time to Enjoy These Day Trips From New York City

Michael Kaminer suggests a visit to Philadelphia from New York, "Want to make history? The National Constitution Center’s (constitutioncenter.org) timely “Headed to the White House” lets you become a candidate with your own campaign."

March 11, 2016

NBC4 Washington: Presidents Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center

Sarah Pixley encourages readers to learn about the role of the POTUS with a Presidents Day Weekend Celebration in Philadelphia and a visit to the National Constitution Center.

February 12, 2016

Newsworks WHYY: Constitution Center Follows the Long Road ‘Headed to the White House’

Dave Heller discusses the Center's Headed to the White House exhibit, taking visitors from the campaign trail to the Oval Office, with National Constitution Center manager of exhibition development, Sarah Winski.

February 11, 2016

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Constitution Center Upgrading Its Kimmel Theater and Show

Stephan Salisbury reports on the National Constitution Center's multi-million dollar renovation of Freedom Rising in the Sidney Kimmel Theater.

January 13, 2016

Right to bear arms falls short in Chicago debate

The Columbia Chronicle

November 23, 2015

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