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Constitutional fight over Trump border wall begins

February 19, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

A group of 16 states asked a federal court in California on Monday night to block the federal government from building a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico unless Congress explicitly approves money to pay for it.

Why Presidents Day isn’t really a national holiday

February 18, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will be honoring the legacy of America’s presidents on Monday—even though a national Presidents Day holiday is pure fiction. Officially, the holiday has another name.

10 people who very nearly became President

February 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On Presidents Day 2019, Constitution Daily looks at two “what if” scenarios that would have given us 10 different Presidents through history. What factor would have given us Samuel Tilden, Willie Mangum or Aaron Burr as the nation’s leader?

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

February 17, 2019 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.

Explaining the controversy over border wall funds and the Constitution

February 15, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump said he would declare a national emergency to allocate more funds to expand walls or barriers at the United States-Mexico border. The emergency declaration may only apply to Defense Department funds already allocated by Congress, but a long legal fight appears to be on the horizon.

Three stories of love in the White House

February 14, 2019 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, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

It’s Abraham Lincoln’s 210th 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, 2019 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, 2019 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.

Looking back at the last presidential election settled by the House

February 9, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

It was 190 years ago this week that a constitutional crisis was averted when the relatively new 12th Amendment to the Constitution settled the last presidential election decided in the House of Representatives.

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