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10 birthday facts about the 42nd president, Bill Clinton

August 19, 2017 By NCC Staff

August 19th marks the 71st birthday of former President Bill Clinton, whose eight-year term dominated the decade of the 1990s.

After a century, the Panama Canal still symbolizes executive power

August 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

As the Panama Canal celebrates its 103rd 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.

Five little-known men who almost became president

August 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

What do Benjamin Wade, Willie P. Mangum and John Nance Garner all have in common? If not for a last-second decision, or a twist of fate, they might have become Acting President of the United States, in an era before the 25th Amendment existed.

North Korea conflict talk brings back War Powers debate

August 10, 2017 By NCC Staff

Threats related to North Korea are causing another reexamination of the President’s ability to wage war – and use nuclear weapons – without congressional approval.

10 birthday facts about President Herbert Hoover

August 10, 2017 By NCC Staff

A millionaire businessman becomes President in this first try at an elected office. That’s one of 10 fascinating facts about Herbert Hoover, one of the most-interesting occupants of the White House.

On this day, Gerald Ford becomes president in a constitutional first

August 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford officially became President in the most unusual of circumstances, as Richard Nixon left Washington and Ford took office without the benefit of direct election to office.

The legacy of Watergate: Five ways life changed after the scandal

August 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon announced he would resign from office as a result of the Watergate scandal. But the effects of Watergate lingered on for years after the scandal.

10 fascinating facts about Watergate four decades later

August 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On a 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?

Generations later, President Warren Harding’s sudden death recalled

August 1, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On the evening of August 2, 1923, President Warren Harding died in a San Francisco hotel room. Beyond that, the details of the president’s death remained murky for decades amidst rumors of scandal or even worse.

Andrew Johnson: The most-criticized president ever?

July 31, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the passing of Andrew Johnson, perhaps the most-criticized president in American history. But was Johnson really that bad a president, or just the target of some second-guessing historians?

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