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Tax Day trivia: Why do we have the IRS (and other factoids)?

April 15, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

April 15 is usually marked each year as the traditional day people need to file their taxes, so it’s not exactly celebrated as a holiday. But how did April 15 become the big day--and how did we get the IRS in the first place?

Looking back at the day FDR died

April 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On April 12, 1945, the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, died in Georgia. Harry Truman along with an entire nation was stunned by Roosevelt’s unexpected passing.

How Speaker of the House evolved into a critical constitutional role

April 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Paul Ryan’s House retirement means that a new person will be Speaker of the House of Representatives next January and become one of the most important elected officials in Washington.

The remarkable career of Charles Evans Hughes

April 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On the 156th anniversary of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at the career of Charles Evans Hughes, former Chief Justice and a man who lost the 1916 presidential election by 4,000 votes cast in California.

Supreme Court to tackle salmon case without Justice Kennedy

April 9, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

When the full Supreme Court resumes arguments in mid-April, the Court will be short by one Justice when it considers a long-running dispute about salmon fishing, Indian treaty rights, and culverts in the state of Washington.

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What would the Senate look like today without the 17th Amendment?

April 8, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It’s the 105th anniversary of the 17th Amendment, leading us to consider what today’s U.S. Senate would look like if its members weren’t directly elected by voters.

Can politicians block negative comments on their social media accounts?

April 5, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The surging popularity of social media is testing one of the most basic constitutional rights: the public’s ability to criticize politicians. And a recent legal settlement in Maryland may cast new light on this controversy.

Is Aaron Burr really the father of the filibuster?

April 5, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

How did the Senate get the filibuster? The unique institution may have been created thanks to some comments made by Aaron Burr.

What really killed the first President to die in office?

April 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On April 5, 1841, the news that President William Henry Harrison was dead shocked a nation. So what killed a man who had just entered the White House 30 days prior to his death?

Did German almost become America’s official language in 1795?

April 1, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

For centuries, stories have persisted about Congress almost approving German as our official language, except for one vote by its German-speaking leader. So how close is that story to the truth?

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