Constitution Daily

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It was 228 years ago today: George Washington becomes President

April 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that George Washington placed his hand on a bible in New York and became the first President of the United States under our Constitution – setting another of many traditions still in use today.

Happy 219th anniversary to the U.S. Navy Department

April 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

The United States Navy actually has two birthdays—one in October, and one today. So what is the difference between the two days and why is it constitutionally important?

The most underrated Founding Father: Oliver Ellsworth?

April 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of Oliver Ellsworth’s birth, Constitution Daily looks back an important founder who helped forge a compromise that led to the Constitution, and later played important roles in the early Senate and Supreme Court.

10 birthday facts about President James Monroe

April 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

James Monroe was the only president, aside from George Washington, to run unopposed for re-election. But that may not be the most surprising fact about the last Founding Father to occupy the White House.

Podcast: The Madisonian Constitution and the future of freedom

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

In excerpts from Freedom Day 2017, Mickey Edwards and Norm Ornstein reflect on the state of Congress, and George Will offers his take on the future of freedom.

Supreme Court Scorecard: The current term

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

The Supreme Court is heading toward the home stretch of an eventful and unusual term. Here is a quick update of the major cases heard in Court since October, with a few other cases left undecided.

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10 fascinating facts about President Ulysses Grant

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 195th birthday of Ulysses Grant, who played a unique role in American history. Here is a look at a military leader who later became president in one of the nation’s most troubled decades.

Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

James Buchanan: How he currently trends as the worst President ever

April 23, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s James Buchanan’s birthday, so it’s time to revisit a recently debated topic: why many historians consider Abraham Lincoln’s predecessor to be the worst President in U.S. history.

Video: How Neil Gorsuch could change the Court

April 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Joan Biskupic of Reuters News, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the judge's record and his potential to shape the Court — and constitutional law — for decades to come.

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