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The Space Force and the Constitution

August 22, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Trump administration’s proposal to create a sixth military service branch to focus on space warfare is raising an interesting debate about the Constitution’s original meaning and how a Space Force would come into existence.

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the limits of presidential power

August 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It was 54 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.

Explaining the presidential self-pardon debate

June 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Last July, we looked at the debate over presidential self-pardons as part of a review of overall executive pardon powers under the Constitution. Here’s a recap of those arguments in light of the current debate over that subject.

The man whose impeachment vote saved Andrew Johnson

May 16, 2018 By NCC Staff

After being impeached, President Andrew Johnson survived his 1868 Senate trial by just one vote. And to this day, how that vote was cast remains shrouded in controversy.

James Buchanan’s troubled legacy as President

April 23, 2018 By Akhil Amar

April 23 marks the birthday of James Buchanan, the man regarded by many historians as one of the worst presidents of all time. So what did Buchanan do to earn the disrespect of so many people?

Happy birthday to First United States Congress

April 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1789, the First Congress under our current Constitution met in its first joint session in New York and undertook an important order of business: confirming George Washington’s election as President.

The Alaska purchase: Folly or good fortune?

March 30, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1867, United States Secretary of State William Seward signed a deal acquiring Alaska, an agreement that was ridiculed by some as “Seward’s Folly” and opposed in the House.

Andrew Jackson, presidential censure and the Constitution

March 28, 2018 By NCC Staff

On March 28, 1834, the U.S. Senate censured President Andrew Jackson in a tug-of-war that had questionable constitutional roots but important political overtones.

On this day, the Senate starts President Johnson’s impeachment trial

March 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was 150 years ago today that the United States Senate began the first trial of a sitting United States President after the House approved impeachment charges against President Andrew Johnson.

Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court claims its power

February 24, 2018 By Nicandro Iannacci

In an act of “judicial jujitsu,” the Supreme Court issued its decision in Marbury v. Madison on February 24, 1803, establishing the high court’s power of judicial review.

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