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Myths and mysteries about the Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2019 by NCC Staff

On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, widely considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. But even today, there are still a few points about the speech that are misunderstood.

10 reasons why America’s first constitution failed

November 17, 2019 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1777 that the Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, was sent to the 13 states for consideration. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

Trump asks Justices for sweeping legal immunity

November 15, 2019 by Lyle Denniston

In a Supreme Court plea that almost surely is unique in American history, President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to rule that he has “absolute immunity” to being prosecuted or even investigated for any crime while in office—at least if he is pursued by any state or local prosecutor in America.

Cross-border shooting case returns to the Supreme Court

November 14, 2019 by Robert Black

A case involving the fatal shooting of a Mexican national by a United States Border Patrol Agent is back at the Supreme Court a second time as the Justices heard arguments this week in Hernandez v. Mesa.

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