As the Panama Canal celebrates its 103rd 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.
On a 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 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is such a part of our lives that it’s hard to image it not existing. But on July 29, 1958, Congress and the President moved to make NASA a reality.
Could President Donald Trump use his constitutional recess appointment powers to replace a Cabinet official? That seems to be the question of the day, but it may have already been answered by a 2014 Supreme Court decision.
On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution.
The collapse of Republican efforts to advance a revised health care bill has President Trump calling for the death of the last-remaining Senate filibuster. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
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.
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.
David Schleicher of Yale University and Todd Zywicki of George Mason University discuss the text, history, and future of the contested amendment that established the direct election of U.S. senators.
As pressure mounts on the Senate to pass a health-reform bill, Mitch McConnell has eliminated part of its annual August vacation. So what are the constitutional and legislative roots of this long-held tradition?