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Can the House delay the State of the Union address?

January 16, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump to delay his scheduled State of the Union speech to Congress on January 29 due to security concerns related to the partial government shutdown.

Happy birthday (kind of) to the 18th Amendment!

January 16, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1919 that the Constitution gained a new amendment. However, the 18th Amendment, which made Prohibition the law of the land, had a short shelf life, since it was repealed in the early 1930s.

New birth control limits now blocked nationwide

January 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has now lost – even if only temporarily – the authority to enforce anywhere in the nation a set of sweeping new restrictions on women’s free access to birth-control devices and techniques under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

Judge bars citizenship question on 2020 census

January 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

In a ruling almost certain to be swiftly challenged in the Supreme Court, a federal trial judge in New York City on Tuesday barred the Trump Administration from asking everyone during the 2020 census about their citizenship.

Five interesting facts on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2019 By NCC Staff

Constitution Daily looks back at the inspirational story of Martin Luther King Jr., and uncovers some interesting facts about the late civil rights leader’s life.

New limits on birth control blocked

January 14, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

One day before the Trump Administration was to begin enforcing sweeping new limits on women’s access to free birth-control devices and techniques, a federal trial judge in California temporarily blocked the restrictions because of doubts about their legality.

The Youngstown decision and a possible border wall declaration

January 14, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

With statements from President Trump that a national emergency declaration could be an option to build a border wall, one of the Supreme Court's landmark decisions, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer, is getting a lot of attention.

On this day, Congress beats deadline to end Revolutionary War

January 14, 2019 By NCC Staff

On January 14, 1784, the Continental Congress barely met a deadline to ratify the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

Remembering the first black Cabinet member

January 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

Robert C. Weaver had a strong public record as a Civil Rights leader and a government official, but there was still controversy when he became the first black nominated to a Cabinet-level position on this day in 1966.

On this day, the first woman is directly elected to the Senate

January 12, 2019 By NCC Staff

On January 12, 1932, a recent widow became the first woman to win election to the United States Senate, when Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway defeated two male opponents in a special race in Arkansas.

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