Constitution Daily

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Can a Senator serve in Congress after a conviction in court?

October 20, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

As the Robert Menendez trial winds down, the New Jersey congressional caucus faces an odd scenario if the Senator is convicted of political corruption charges. Should Menendez remain in office if he is found guilty and he then appeals the case?

McConnell ponders giving Senate tradition the “slip”

October 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell might allow some Trump judicial nominations to move forward despite objections from home state Senators using a traditional blocking tactic called the blue slip.

Essential online resources for Constitution Day

September 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

With Constitution Day happening today, here’s a look at some essential constitutional resources we use in our quest to explain and understand our founding document.

After a century, the Panama Canal still symbolizes executive power

August 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

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.

10 fascinating facts about Watergate four decades later

August 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

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?

Happy 59th Birthday, NASA!

July 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

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.

Supreme Court decision could hinder Trump recess appointments

July 27, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

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.

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

July 26, 2017 By NCC Staff

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.

Is the last filibuster in danger again after health-care defeat?

July 18, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

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, Truman, Congress decide current line of presidential succession

July 18, 2017 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.

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