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Race bias issue over census to be explored

June 20, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Finding that “a substantial issue” has been raised in the claim that racial bias led the Trump Administration to plan to ask a citizenship question as part of the 2020 census, a Maryland federal judge has created a potential new complication in this historic constitutional controversy.

Why we don’t have a turkey on our Great Seal

June 20, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the 236th birthday of the Great Seal of the United States. So how close did we really come to having a turkey instead of an eagle as our national symbol?

On this day, Congress passes the Civil Rights Act

June 19, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 19, 1964, the Senate ended a long debate, overcoming a record-setting filibuster to join the House in approving the Civil Rights Act. The landmark law was a turning point in American history, as it addressed discrimination and segregation on a national level.

Looking at America’s forgotten War of 1812

June 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a resolution, approved in Congress, declaring war against Great Britain. Over the next two and half years, both sides engaged in bitter contests, and the war ended with much unchanged between the two countries.

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