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Trump tax returns case to reach Justices shortly

November 4, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

President Donald Trump’s lawyers plan, within the next 10 days, to go to the Supreme Court with a plea to rule – before the Justices’ current term ends this summer – that no court has power to order that his personal and business tax returns be handed over to a state criminal investigation.

Trump tax return case likely headed to Supreme Court

November 4, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

A three-panel federal appeals court has upheld a request from New York County’s District Attorney for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, likely sending the controversy to the United States Supreme Court.

On This Day: The first bitter, contested presidential election takes place

November 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

In a campaign that rivals any current presidential election for insults and rancor, John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson on this day in the 1796 election in a race that changed American politics forever.

On This Day: Supreme Court says tax-paying Indians can’t vote

November 3, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On November 3, 1884, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions, stating that American Indians who paid taxes didn’t have the right to vote in elections.

Two Presidents share the same birthday, but little else

November 2, 2019 By NCC Staff

Presidents James Knox Polk and Warren Gamaliel Harding have one thing in common aside from a stay in the White House: the same November 2 birthday. Beyond that, the men took different paths in their public lives.

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On This Day: The Stamp Act plants seeds of the Revolution

November 1, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On November 1, 1765, the hated Stamp Act authorized by King George III went into effect in the colonies, despite months of protests. The act would be quickly repealed, but it started a series of events that led to the American Revolution.

House moves forward with presidential impeachment process

October 31, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Thursday, the House of Representative formally advanced impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after rules were approved for a public hearing process. The vote was 232-196 mostly on party lines.

Three ghoulish tales of body snatchers, Presidents and the Founders

October 31, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

In a special Halloween feature, Constitution Daily looks at two real-life body snatching stories related to three U.S. Presidents, and a ghoulish tale involving Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

Early impeachment trials dealt with familiar issues

October 28, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

What type of misbehavior rises to the level of impeachment charges and trials in Congress? The first three impeachment proceedings under the Constitution yielded different results as lawmakers debated questions that remain with us today.

Happy birthday to the Statue of Liberty!

October 28, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s hard to imagine America without the Statue of Liberty, but the icon of freedom didn’t make official public debut until this day in 1886.

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