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The presidency, impeachment and an enduring dilemma

December 6, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

From the debates of the Founders in Philadelphia in 1787 to today’s congressional impeachment inquiry aimed at President Donald Trump, the American government has never resolved a constitutional dilemma: how can the presidency be made powerful enough at the same time that it is made genuinely accountable?

House to move on articles of impeachment after hearing from scholars

December 6, 2019 By Robert Black

After the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from four leading constitutional scholars about the meaning of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” on Wednesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday morning the House of Representatives is prepared to begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.

On this day: The United States formally outlaws slavery

December 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified after the state of Georgia approved the amendment as it was proposed to the states by Congress. That act officially ended the practice of slavery in the United States.

Five interesting facts about Prohibition’s end in 1933

December 5, 2019 By NCC Staff

On December 5, 1933, three states voted to repeal Prohibition, putting the ratification of the 21st Amendment into place. But did Prohibition really end on that fateful day?

On this day, the Whig Party becomes a national force

December 4, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On December 4, 1839, the Whig Party held its first national convention, an important milestone in its rise to political power.

Happy birthday to the Founders’ painter, Gilbert Stuart

December 3, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s quite possible that many Americans have seen the art work of Gilbert Stuart more than any other painter. But what do you really know about the Founding-era artist?

On this day: The Senate censures Joseph McCarthy

December 2, 2019 By NCC Staff

December 2 is a landmark day in Senate history, marking that chamber’s historic censure of Joseph McCarthy for his conduct during public hearings.

On this day, Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her bus seat

December 1, 2019 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to sit down for her rights on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, putting the effort to end segregation on a fast track.

Winston Churchill on why the American Constitution matters

November 30, 2019 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of his birth, Constitution Daily looks back at what the British leader and author Sir Winston Churchill had to say about the American Constitution, which was quite a lot.

On this day, President Johnson calls for the Warren Commission

November 29, 2019 By NCC Staff

On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon Johnson used his constitutional powers to issue an executive order to ask for a special commission to investigate John F. Kennedy’s assassination a week earlier.

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