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When Congress last used its powers to declare war

December 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.

Remembering Former President, National Constitution Center chair George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 By NCC Staff

On the news of the passing of George H.W. Bush, Constitution Daily is republishing our annual post about interesting facets of the late President's career.

Video (2015): Jon Meacham talks about George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018 By NCC Staff

In November 2015, Presidential historian and bestselling author Jon Meacham unveiled his sweeping yet intimate biography of George H. W. Bush at a special National Constitution Center event.

On this day, President Johnson calls for the Warren Commission

November 29, 2018 By NCC Staff

On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon Johnson used his constitutional powers to issue an executive order to ask for a special commission to investigate John F. Kennedy’s assassination a week earlier.

On this day, the 25th Amendment gets its first test

November 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

On November 27, 1973, the United States Senate became the first legislative house to act under the 25th Amendment, when it voted to approve Representative Gerald Ford as the new Vice President. A week later, the House also approved Ford, making his appointment official.

How JFK’s assassination led to a constitutional amendment

November 22, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

President John F. Kennedy’s death on November 22, 1963 traumatized a nation and led a united Congress to make a key constitutional change, in the form of the 25th amendment.

The real story behind the presidential turkey pardon

November 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual event, but the peace between the fowl and the White House is a relatively thing. And in fact, a few presidents actually ate their guests!

10 fascinating facts about Robert F. Kennedy

November 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass. Kennedy was one of the seminal figures of the 1960s and led a very public life before he was fatally shot on June 5, 1968, at a Los Angeles hotel.

Jeff Sessions’ removal rare but not without precedent

November 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of Jeff Sessions, effectively firing his own Attorney General, in a rare move not without precedent.

It was 158 years ago today: Abraham Lincoln is elected President

November 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

On November 6, 1860, voters in the United States went to the polls in an election that ended with Abraham Lincoln as President, in an act that that led to the Civil War. But Lincoln’s actual victory didn’t happen on that day, and his victory wasn’t assured for months.

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