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Shutdown, border wall highlight lame-duck session

November 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, Congress starts its final or “lame duck” session to end the year, with several major issues to resolve before 2019 begins.

How Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November 11

November 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will take time out to honor our military on the traditional time of 11:11 a.m. on November 11. But there was a time when Congress tried to move the holiday, only to face several years of strong public resistance.

What constitutional powers do the Democrats get by winning the House?

November 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Democratic Party will have a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since early 2011. How will that affect the constitutional balance in Congress going forward?

What happens next in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

September 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to end its public hearings about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. So what comes next in the process?

After a century, the Panama Canal still symbolizes executive power

August 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

As the Panama Canal celebrates its 104th birthday today, the bold act of one U.S. President still resonates as a stroke of policy genius or a grand expansion of executive power.

10 fascinating facts about Watergate four decades later

August 8, 2018 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?

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

July 26, 2018 By NCC Staff

On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the first version of the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution.

On This Day, Truman, Congress decide current line of presidential succession

July 18, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1947, Congress changed the order of who can succeed the President and Vice President in office, more closely reflecting the wishes of the Founding Fathers.

How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

July 16, 2018 By NCC Staff

It’s a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It's the anniversary of the congressional act that moved the nation’s capital from their city to Washington, D.C.

Looking at America’s forgotten War of 1812

June 18, 2018 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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