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Looking at America’s forgotten War of 1812

June 18, 2019 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.

Rediscovering the ancient “bill of attainder”

May 24, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Federal and state judges these days are finding a new assignment: reading up on what the Supreme Court once called “the infamous history of bills of attainder.” A federal judge in Sherman, Texas, is going to be doing that soon, and there is a real prospect that a judge in New York State will also be doing so shortly.

Court pace quickens on Trump records disputes

May 23, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The pace of court review of President Trump’s resistance to handing over his financial records to Congress quickened on Wednesday, as a second federal judge refused to protect those documents from disclosure and lawyers in a separate case moved to put that one on a fast appeal track.

Sweeping power to investigate Trump’s finances upheld

May 21, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Ruling that Congress has wide-ranging power to investigate President Donald J. Trump’s finances even without opening an impeachment probe, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered a private accounting firm to disclose eight years of his private business records to a Capitol Hill committee.

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.

Swift ruling likely in first round of Trump financial records subpoena fight

May 10, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston explains why the fight between House Democrats and the Trump administration over the President’s business records could move quickly through the legal system.

How a C-grade college term paper led to a constitutional amendment

May 7, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

The 27th Amendment is the most recent amendment to the Constitution, and its existence today can be traced to a college student who proposed the idea in a term paper and was given a C by his professor for the idea.

J. Edgar Hoover: The library clerk who became America’s ‘most-powerful man’

May 2, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.

Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2019 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

Is Aaron Burr really the father of the filibuster?

April 5, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

How did the Senate get the filibuster? The unique procedure may have been created thanks to some comments made by Aaron Burr.

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