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A birthday tribute to the Founding Father of gerrymandering

July 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s the birthday of a Founding Father whose name you know today as part of a controversial political term.

How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

July 16, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It's the anniversary of the congressional act that moved the nation’s capital from their city to Washington, D.C.

Gerald Ford’s unique role in American history

July 14, 2019 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.

Trump team again drops citizenship question on census

July 11, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Saying there is not enough time to go on waging a court battle over adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, the Trump Administration decided on Thursday to turn to already existing government records to get the data, insisting that would give an even more accurate count.

The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 215 years ago today

July 11, 2019 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. What caused the sitting vice president to duel a Founding Father on the cliffs overlooking New York City?

10 Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

July 9, 2019 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the 14th Amendment's ratification, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal protection under the law.

10 fascinating facts about the Liberty Bell

July 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On July 8, 1776, popular legend says the Liberty Bell rang to symbolize America’s independence from Great Britain. But many “facts” about the Bell, such as the 1776 ringing, are shrouded in mystery.

The Constitution signer who was impeached and expelled

July 7, 2019 By NCC Staff

William Blount is one of the lesser-known men who signed the Constitution, but one of the most controversial, since he put a key part of the founding document to a critical test less than a decade after it was ratified.

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Two judges ponder new orders in census controversy

July 6, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

With government lawyers under pressure from President Trump looking for a new way to justify asking everyone in America about their citizenship next year, federal judges in two cities moved rapidly on Friday to consider issuing new orders to stop that addition to 2020 census forms.

On this day, the Republican Party names its first candidates

July 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

On July 6, 1854, disgruntled voters in a new political party named its first candidates to contest the Democrats over the issue of slavery. Within six and one-half years, the newly christened Republican Party would control the White House and Congress as the Civil War began.

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