Constitution Daily

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On this day: A tied presidential election ends in the Washington

February 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1801 that the House finally decided a tied presidential election because of a constitutional flaw: the deadlocked race between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

Three stories of love in the White House

February 14, 2018 By NCC Staff

Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day and in a romantic tribute to couples everywhere, it’s time to turn back the pages to remember three unusual White House romances.

How Abraham Lincoln lost his birthday holiday

February 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It’s Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday today, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.

How a national tragedy led to the 25th amendment

February 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1967 that two states, Nevada and Minnesota, made the Constitution's 25th amendment a reality, clearing up questions about presidential succession that dated back to the Founders' time.

Remembering William Henry Harrison: The most obscure President?

February 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 9, 1773, future U.S. president William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia. The enigmatic Harrison is best known for his premature death in office. But the ninth president won his race in 1840 using tactics familiar to most of us today.

10 fascinating facts on President Ronald Reagan's birthday

February 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

It’s the 107th birthday of Ronald Reagan, and since he was one of the most widely recognized world leaders, it’s not hard to find some interesting facts about the 40th president.

10 fascinating facts about young Franklin D. Roosevelt

January 30, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today is the birthday of the only person to run for, and win, the presidency four times: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here’s a list of 10 facts about FDR— before he was elected President in 1932.

William McKinley: Does he deserve more respect from historians?

January 29, 2018 By NCC Staff

He was a war hero who led America out of a recession, won a war and re-election, defined modern election campaigns, and died at an assassin’s hand. So why don’t historians respect William McKinley?

Trump and the Constitution: A year in review and our coverage

January 26, 2018 By Lana Ulrich

In the year since President Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, a myriad of constitutional issues has so far arisen during his term in office. Here is a review of our coverage of these important topics.

Happy birthday, 20th and 24th Amendments

January 23, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the ratification of not one, but two constitutional amendments: the 20th Amendment (ratified January 23, 1933) and the 24th Amendment (ratified January 23, 1964). Here's what you need to know.

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