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

May 2, 2018 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, 2018 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.

How Speaker of the House evolved into a critical constitutional role

April 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Paul Ryan’s House retirement means that a new person will be Speaker of the House of Representatives next January and become one of the most important elected officials in Washington.

What would the Senate look like today without the 17th Amendment?

April 8, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It’s the 105th anniversary of the 17th Amendment, leading us to consider what today’s U.S. Senate would look like if its members weren’t directly elected by voters.

Is Aaron Burr really the father of the filibuster?

April 5, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

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

Five “unusual” amendments that never made it into the Constitution

February 23, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

If some folks had their way, a three-person tribunal, and not the President, would provide leadership of the “United States of Earth,” in a nation where divorce is illegal.

Happy birthday, 15th and 16th Amendments

February 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate a constitutional ratification twofer: the 15th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1870) and the 16th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1913). Here’s what you need to know.

What happens if the federal government shuts down?

January 18, 2018 By NCC Staff

Unless Congress passes a temporary funding bill by late Friday night, many federal government services will stop over the weekend. So what is exactly involved in a federal government shutdown?

What’s reconciliation and how does it affect the tax debate?

December 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

Early this week, the House and Senate will likely vote on a huge overhaul to the tax system. So what is the obscure rule that will allow a simple majority of Senators bypass a filibuster and approve the proposed tax changes?

On this day: The Senate censures Joseph McCarthy

December 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 2 is a landmark day in Senate history, marking that chamber’s historic censure of Joseph McCarthy for his conduct during public hearings.

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