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Agnew – Corruption and Nixon Impeachment

On this day in 1973, Spiro Agnew becomes the first U.S. vice-president to resign in disgrace. That same day, he pleaded no contest to a…

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Riverboat Competition

On this day in 1816, the steamboat Washington, with a Henry Miller Shreve-design shallow draft ideal for western rivers, arrives at the docks in New…

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Banana Republic USA?

But I fear this may be bigger than politics. Without some sort of dramatic, highly visible pushback, I think we’ll be in banana republic territory for the foreseeable future.

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Establishing the Judiciary

In 1803, the highest Court first declared an act of Congress unconstitutional, thus establishing the doctrine of judicial review. The court’s opinion, written by Chief Justice John Marshall, is considered one of the foundations of U.S. constitutional law.

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Pardon Ends Ford’s Career in Politics

On this day in 1974 newly-minted President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor for any and all crimes related to the Watergate scandal. The reprieve…

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Thurgood Marshall and the end of Separate but Equal

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He would remain on the…

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