U.S. President Donald Trump in McAllen, Texas.
History shows that Congress can play an important role in checking a president's power.
President Jimmy Carter extended the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in 1978.
In the #MeToo era and with more women entering Congress, activists are hopeful another state could ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. But is it too late?
A 1903 drawing by Louis Dalrymple depicts European immigrants as “rats” (in the magazine
New York Public Library
The deepening geographic, racial, gender and educational divisions in America shows some striking parallels between the nation today and in the 1920s.
A naturalization ceremony in Miami.
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The Constitution's guarantee of due process means this effort should not be taken lightly, legal scholars argue.
Guantanamo Nay detainees sit in a holding area at Camp X-Ray on Jan. 11, 2002.
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On Dec. 10, 1903, the US military leased 45 square miles of Cuban territory to build a naval base. How did Guantanamo Bay become an infamous prison for alleged terrorists?
Sen. Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail, February 2016.
President Trump has been criticized for the appointment of political allies as attorney general. But history is filled with examples of AGs who were friends and political supporters of the president.
There is one area where the Trump presidency has already been more successful than any in living memory: exposing the weaknesses of the American constitutional order.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.
Legal scholars offer a vision for appointing Supreme Court justices more fairly. While it wouldn't require any constitutional amendments, it would require Congress to pass a bill.
Demonstrators in front of the White House, August 2018.
'Treason' is the only crime specifically defined in the US Constitution. The word is being used a lot these days, and a law professor says no one actually appears to know what treason is.
Trump meets with his ‘board.’
The allegations raised in a book on the Trump administration by Bob Woodward and an anonymous op-ed would be enough to get most CEOs fired.
What are the ethics of anonymous resistance?
An expert argues why the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times can hardly be considered an act of civil disobedience and why it might make things even worse in the Trump administration.
Rob Rosenstein suggested invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power in Spring 2017, according to the New York Times.
The US Constitution allows the president to be removed from power if his vice president and Cabinet decide that he cannot discharge the duties of his office.
Michael Cohen’s guilty plea has raised questions about the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency.
Congress is supposed to be a check on presidential power, but party politics has muted Republican criticism of Trump. Restoring balance means making a radical change.
President Donald Trump with pastor Paula White during a dinner for evangelical leaders in the White House, on Aug. 27, 2018.
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President Trump has promised to protect religious liberty. But there was a time when evangelicals believed that a religion that needed protection from government had no reason to exist at all.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins in front of the White House.
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The Trump administration's hostility toward journalists is raising new questions about what rights journalists have to access government officials and events.
Beyond a physical inspection, what constitutes a search?
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A recent US Supreme Court ruling marks a new milestone in the debate over police power and privacy in the digital age.
Gin Lane, a scene of urban desolation with gin-crazed Londoners; a woman lets her child fall to its death and an emaciated ballad-seller.
When the U.S. broke away from the "mother country," the dream was to let the common good overruled selfish and private interests. Yet the federal government is arranged so this can never occur.
Donald Trump, taking the presidential oath of office in 2017.
Donald Trump has lately been called "treasonous" by some; others say he's violated his oath of office. What are the president's Constitutional obligations -- and who holds the president accountable?
The rule of law can take on different meanings depending whom you ask and where you are – but in the US it pretty much means one thing.
Members of the senior class of Russell County HIgh School in Kentucky recite the Lord’s Prayer, in defiance of a court ruling, during commencement exercises in 2006.
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As the Kentucky Senate considers a bill for school prayer, a scholar explains the violent history of prayer – and a time when Catholic students were sometimes whipped, beaten and worse for not participating.