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Presidents and trains: Tools of power and symbolism

May 10, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the biggest event in train history, here's a look back at an era when U.S. presidents used train travel to extend the power of their office and make headlines.

10 U.S Presidents who also worked as teachers

May 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On National Teacher Day, Constitution Daily looks at 10 Presidents who were teachers in some capacity before they occupied the White House - including one who later married his own teacher.

10 WPA posters that are Pinterest-worthy decades years later

May 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

The posters of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) inspired Americans in the 1930s and '40s—and 81 years later, their charm appeals to a new generation of Americans, particularly on Pinterest.

The day the Supreme Court killed Hollywood’s studio system

May 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today marks the anniversary of an important Supreme Court case that helped to end the Hollywood studio system and fuel a young television industry in the late 1940s.

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

May 2, 2017 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.

Video: Defining Truth in Modern Politics

May 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Susan Glasser of POLITICO, Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN look at the rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media.

Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2017 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.

The remarkable career of Charles Evans Hughes

April 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On the 155th anniversary of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at the career of Charles Evans Hughes, former Chief Justice and a man who lost the 1916 presidential election by 4,000 votes cast in California.

Trump immigration ban faces triple challenge on Wednesday

March 15, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The revised Trump administration immigration ban executive order faces at least three immediate court challenges on Wednesday, just hours before it is scheduled to go into effect after midnight.

Supreme Court considers three key cases during Gorsuch hearing week

March 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

While Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is under the glare of Senate questioning next week, the eight Justices at the Court will be hearing three days of case arguments.

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