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On this day in 1856: Violence on the U.S. Senate floor

May 22, 2019 By NCC Staff

A nearly fatal beating on the U.S. senate floor on this day in 1856 was another step toward a Civil War five years later. The attacker wasn’t an assassin—it was a fellow congressman.

Sweeping power to investigate Trump’s finances upheld

May 21, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Ruling that Congress has wide-ranging power to investigate President Donald J. Trump’s finances even without opening an impeachment probe, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered a private accounting firm to disclose eight years of his private business records to a Capitol Hill committee.

On this day, the first Democratic Party convention

May 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 21, 1832, a group of delegates supporting President Andrew Jackson met in Baltimore to conduct the first official convention of the Democratic Party, setting some trends that lasted more than a century.

Looking back at Romer, a key Supreme Court decision about gay rights

May 20, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 20, 1996, the Supreme Court issued an early landmark decision supporting the right of gays under the Constitution to seek protection from discrimination.

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