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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.

Five little-known men who almost became president

August 11, 2018 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.

10 birthday facts about President Herbert Hoover

August 10, 2018 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, 2018 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 presidential office.

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?

Generations later, President Warren Harding’s sudden death recalled

August 1, 2018 By A. H. Nishikawa

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, 2018 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?

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.

Gerald Ford’s unique role in American history

July 14, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the birthday of the late former President, Gerald R. Ford, who went from being a college football star to the White House under the most unusual circumstances.

Can a Vice President be charged with a crime while in office?

July 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On July 12, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr faced the prospect of murder charges after shooting Alexander Hamilton. Why didn’t those charges come to pass and what would happen today in a similar situation?

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