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The man who delivered California to the U.S., and was fired for it

March 10, 2019 by Scott Bomboy

On March 10, 1848, the Senate approved a treaty that led to California and much of the Southwest joining the United States. But the man who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was promptly fired on his return to Washington.

How one telegram helped to lead America toward war

February 26, 2019 by Scott Bomboy

On this day in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson learned of a shocking piece of paper that made America’s entry into World War I inevitable. And current research shows the Americans didn’t know everything German diplomats intended.

On the day, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed

February 2, 2019 by NCC Staff

On February 2, 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in Mexico without President James K. Polk’s knowledge. The United States acquired about 55 percent of Mexico’s territory for $15 million.

Trump’s constitutional objections to sanctions raise old arguments

August 3, 2017 by Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump’s constitutional objections to a Russia sanctions bill he signed on Wednesday have raised some old arguments about foreign policy power sharing within the federal government.

The Nuremberg trials, 70 years later

November 5, 2016 by Maggie Baldridge

A look back at "one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason."

It was 118 years ago today: The U.S. becomes a global power

August 12, 2016 by NCC Staff

On August 12, 1898, the United States and Spain reached a cease-fire agreement in its brief conflict over Cuba and the Philippines. The war marked America’s entrance onto the global stage as a military power.

Constitutional Rights: Will Japan abandon its pacifist stance?

July 16, 2016 by Jordyn Turner

Japan is on the brink of making the most significant amendment to its constitution since the charter first went into effect on May 3, 1947.

The next President and foreign affairs

June 10, 2016 by Jean Galbraith

In this commentary, Jean Galbraith of the University of Pennsylvania Law School explains how the Constitution and other forces constrain the President in foreign affairs.

The constitutional question over states and Syrian refugees

November 18, 2015 by NCC Staff

With more than two dozen governors objecting to a federal government plan to accept Syrian refugees, a spotlight has been placed on how the Constitution deals with these matters.

Expecting any President to handle ISIS is a dangerous proposition         

November 17, 2015 by Chris Edelson

In this commentary, American University's Chris Edeldson says it would be a mistake to make decisions about ISIS based on fear, including the decision that any one President can or should take on this problem single-handedly.

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