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Article II

The man whose impeachment vote saved Andrew Johnson

May 16, 2019 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, 2019 By NCC Staff

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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 By Abigail Perkiss

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.

Has the time come to shut down the Electoral College?

March 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston looks at the current debate over the Electoral College and why history, as well as contemporary politics, may be stacked against its elimination.

On this day, the Senate summons President Johnson to his impeachment trial

March 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day 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, 2019 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.

Whitaker’s Acting Attorney General appointment heads to court

November 13, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The state of Maryland is asking a federal judge to rule that current acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker can’t serve in that capacity in a lawsuit involving Obamacare, setting up a challenge to his overall status in that position.

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.

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