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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.

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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.

Plessy’s place in the list of worst Supreme Court decisions

May 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision upheld the legality of racial segregation in America. Plessy was later overturned, and it holds a controversial place in the Court’s legacy.

Brown v. Board: When the Supreme Court ruled against segregation

May 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

The decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka on May 17, 1954 is perhaps the most famous of all Supreme Court cases, as it started the process ending segregation. It overturned the equally far-reaching decision of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.

The man whose impeachment vote saved Andrew Johnson

May 16, 2019 By NCC Staff

After being impeached, President Andrew Johnson survived his 1868 Senate trial by just one vote. And to this day, how that vote was cast remains shrouded in controversy.

How Philly lost the nation’s capital to Washington

May 15, 2019 By NCC Staff

Philadelphia was the early capital of the United States after the Constitution was ratified, but on May 14, 1800, the nation’s capital moved to Washington. So who was behind the deal that changed the face of American government?

The Mexican-American war in a nutshell

May 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

Mid-May marks two key anniversaries in the conflict between the United States and Mexico in that set in motion the Civil War—and led to California, Texas, and eight other states joining the Union.

Looking back: A new Justice replaces a filibustered candidate

May 12, 2019 By NCC Staff

On May 12, 1970, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed Harry Blackmun to the Supreme Court, ending a 391-day-long effort to replace Abe Fortas on the bench.

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