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10 fascinating facts about Watergate

August 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 17, 1972, police caught five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. So how did a “third-rate burglary” escalate into a near constitutional crisis?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the limits of presidential power

August 7, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

It was 55 years ago today that a joint session of Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, an act that led to the Vietnam War’s escalation and the eventual passage of another act seeking to curb presidential powers.

Blame Abraham Lincoln for the nation’s first national Income Tax

August 5, 2019 By NCC Staff

Most people aren’t big fans of a national income tax, but it was on this day back in 1861 that the first one was levied by the new President, Abraham Lincoln.

Andrew Johnson: The most-criticized president ever?

July 31, 2019 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the passing of Andrew Johnson, perhaps the most-criticized president in American history.

Two judges ponder new orders in census controversy

July 6, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

With government lawyers under pressure from President Trump looking for a new way to justify asking everyone in America about their citizenship next year, federal judges in two cities moved rapidly on Friday to consider issuing new orders to stop that addition to 2020 census forms.

It’s final: no citizenship question on 2020 census

July 3, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

In a decision that seems sure to have a significant impact on American politics over the coming decade, the Trump Administration decided on Tuesday to carry out the 2020 census without asking everyone in the nation about their citizenship. The question, if asked, was likely to reduce the political power of larger states in future elections for the presidency and the House of Representatives.

Down-to-the-wire on the census controversy

June 26, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Faced with the prospect that a lower court may issue a new ban on adding a citizenship question to the census, the Trump administration on Tuesday evening made an urgent plea for the Supreme Court to reject a claim that its 2020 plan was the result of racial discrimination.

A crucial week begins for the 2020 census

June 24, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

With the Supreme Court apparently ready to rule this week on a historic controversy over the 2020 census, a federal trial judge on Monday pushed to last-minute prominence a claim that the Trump Administration acted out of racial bias in planning to ask everyone next year about their citizenship.

Trump team asks Justices to rule quickly on race issue on census

June 21, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Moving to keep in check the troubling new race bias issue that could affect the 2020 census, the Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to deal with that question in an imminent ruling about the next population count.

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.

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