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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.

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.

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.

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