Constitution Daily

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Remembering Zachary Taylor: Military hero, obscure President

November 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 24, 1784, future President Zachary Taylor was born in Virginia. Taylor became an unexpected obstacle to slavery’s expansion, until his sudden death in 1850.

Podcast: The future of digital privacy

November 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

Alex Abdo of the Knight First Amendment Institute and Orin Kerr of George Washington Law debate whether warrantless searches and seizures of cellphone records violate the Fourth Amendment.

How JFK’s assassination led to a constitutional amendment

November 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

President John F. Kennedy’s death on November 22, 1963 traumatized a nation and led a united Congress to make a key constitutional change, in the form of the 25th amendment.

On this day, the Senate denies a Nixon Supreme Court nominee

November 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 21, 1969, a divided Senate refused to confirm Clement Haynsworth, President Richard Nixon’s first replacement for Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, with some Republicans opposing their own President's nominee.

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The real story behind the presidential turkey pardon

November 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual event, but the peace between the fowl and the White House is a relatively thing. And in fact, a few presidents actually ate their guests!

10 fascinating facts about Robert F. Kennedy

November 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass. Kennedy was one of the seminal figures of the 1960s and led a very public life before he was fatally shot on June 5, 1968, at a Los Angeles hotel.

Myths and mysteries about the Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2017 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.

Read six different versions of the Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2017 By NCC Staff

There were five versions of the Gettysburg Address that were acknowledged by Abraham Lincoln in his lifetime. Here are those versions, along with the AP wire copy from November 1863.

Chester Alan Arthur’s brave, short presidency

November 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

Fewer leaders had lower public expectations than Chester Alan Arthur, but fewer people knew the 21st President was dealing with a terminal illness while he pressed for government reforms and tax cuts during one term in office.

10 reasons why America’s first constitution failed

November 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 240 years ago today 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.

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