Today in 1936: U.S. v. Butler is decided

Jan 6, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 6, 1936, the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Butler, which was the last Supreme Court ruling limiting congressional Taxing and Spending Clause power.

Today in 1966: Medicare takes effect

Jul 1, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 1, 1966, Medicare, the product of the efforts of several presidential administrations, took effect with over 19 million initially enrolled.

Today in 1935: Schechter v. U.S. rules another New Deal law unconstitutional

May 27, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Schechter v. U.S., holding that Congress has very limited authority under the Commerce Clause.

Today in 1937: Senate rejects FDR’s bid to pack Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2010 By: Legal Solutions

If President Franklin D. Roosevelt had gotten his way, today’s presidents would be able to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court for every justice who chose to remain on the bench after the age of 70 1/2.