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National Constitution Center Lyle Denniston: "Among other effects of the change will be that the new government of President-elect Donald J. Trump will get time to decide whether to get involved — and, if it wishes — to change federal policy."

Changing schedule for transgender case at Supreme Court

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Intelligence Squared US: Should the states call a convention to amend the Constitution?

Lawrence Lessig of Harvard University, Mark Meckler of Citizens For Self Governance, David Super of Georgetown Law and Walter Olson The Cato Institute debate the issue at #AmericasTownHall.

Video: Call a convention to amend the Constitution?

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National Constitution Center Lyle Denniston: "The Court probably is holding the cases, each involving an issue likely to divide the Court, until a new ninth Justice is on the bench."

Three significant Surpreme Court cases remain in limbo

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#AmericanNationalTree: #OnThisDay in 1905, the novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was born.

Dalton Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of writers and directors blacklisted for 15 years in Hollywood because they refused to testify to Congress about membership in the Communist Party. At the time, Trumbo was one of Hollywood’s highest-paid and most successful writers, with an Oscar...
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We the People: Nicholas Stephanopoulos of The University of Chicago Law School and Michael Morley of Barry University discuss challenges to gerrymandering and a big Wisconsin case that could reach #SCOTUS.

Podcast: Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering?

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National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen: "The possibility of constitutional change is in the air..."

Republican Success Opens Door to Amending US Constitution

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#OnThisDay in 1941, Congress approved a resolution declaring war with Japan, one day after the attack on #PearlHarbor.

When Congress last used its powers to declare war

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In a temporary victory for Samsung, the eight-member Supreme Court returns patent law case to the lower courts.

A victory – for now -- for Samsung in the smartphone wars

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"The comment served only to emphasize that the court was trying – here again, as at several times in prior rulings – to find a way to decide when race had been used as the determining goal in redistricting."

Is there a workable way to judge racial gerrymanders?

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Discover eight facts about the #BillofRights and join the National Constitution Center in celebrating its 225 anniversary on December 15!

Enjoy a Bill of Rights birthday party (cake included), the Center's 2016 Book Festival and $5 admission, courtesy of Macy's.
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Eight basic facts about the Bill of Rights

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#OnThisDay in 1941, Japanese military forces attacked the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. #PearlHarbor75

Pearl Harbor’s role in a historic Supreme Court decision

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Jill Stein's lawsuit for a Pennsylvania recount relies on three constitutional arguments. #Recount2016

Jill Stein alleges three constitutional violations in Pennsylvania lawsuit

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#AmericasTownHall: Randall Kennedy of Harvard University, Dr. Julianne Malveaux of Bennett College and Errin Haines Whack of the Associated Press explore the history of #BlackLivesMatter and its parallels with past civil rights movements.

Video: Is Black Lives Matter The Next Civil Rights Movement?

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In 2010, a group of Iowa Republicans claimed the legitimate #13thAmendment to the U.S. Constitution was “missing.”

The case of the missing 13th amendment to the Constitution

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#OnThisDay in 1865, the #13thAmendment was ratified, officially ending the practice of slavery in the United States.

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On this day: The United States formally outlaws slavery

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#AmericanNationalTree: #OnThisDay in 1971, the AIDS activist Ryan White was born.

White was a 13-year-old boy with a captivating grin when he found out, just before Christmas 1984, that he had AIDS. White got the disease from injections needed to make his blood clot. White was barred from public schools in Kokomo, Indiana, because the school board feared he was a danger to other students—even...
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Nancy L. Rosenblum for philly.com: "Populism may look like a democratic movement of the people, but it is animated by an anti-democratic dynamic of exclusion."

On December 8, #AmericasTownHall explores populism, demagogues and constitutional democracy: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Commentary: Amid outbreak of populism, keep faith with democracy

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National Constitution Center's Lyle Denniston examines the upcoming debate about a congressional waiver needed to allow President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice of Defense Secretary.

Constitution Check: Why is the Pentagon usually led by a civilian?

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#OnThisDay in 1933, three states voted to repeal Prohibition, putting the ratification of the #21stAmendment into place.

Learn more about the 21st Amendment on the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Five interesting facts about Prohibition’s end in 1933

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