Constitution Daily

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10 people who very nearly became President

February 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On Presidents Day 2019, Constitution Daily looks at two “what if” scenarios that would have given us 10 different Presidents through history. What factor would have given us Samuel Tilden, Willie Mangum or Aaron Burr as the nation’s leader?

On this day: A tied presidential election ends in the Washington

February 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1801 that the House finally decided a tied presidential election because of a constitutional flaw: the deadlocked race between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

Justices plan quick ruling on census dispute

February 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Convinced that it must act quickly to settle the issue, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide the legality of adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. 

Explaining the controversy over border wall funds and the Constitution

February 15, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump said he would declare a national emergency to allocate more funds to expand walls or barriers at the United States-Mexico border. The emergency declaration may only apply to Defense Department funds already allocated by Congress, but a long legal fight appears to be on the horizon.

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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