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A gift to you for Constitution Day: a reader-friendly version of our founding document

A website launched Monday gives the public access to the government's own searchable, user-friendly annotated version of the Constitution.

The site is the work of the Library of Congress and fulfills a longtime desire of lawmakers, open government advocates and proponents of better civic education. It's launch comes on the eve of the 232nd anniversary of the day the Constitution's drafters signed their work and sent it to the states for ratification.

The resource is known as "Constitution Annotated" because each section is accompanied by both "Plain English" commentary explaining relevant Supreme Court rulings and footnotes for further readings that provide modern context.

The new, public site is similar to that which the Library of Congress has long made available to members of Congress and staff.

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