History Stories
CATEGORY: U.S. Congress
150 Years Ago, a President Could Be Impeached for Firing a Cabinet Member
May 16, 2018

The Tenure of Office Act was designed to rein in Andrew Johnson—but it sparked a years-long debate on executive power. Read More

How the Great Compromise Affects Politics Today
April 17, 2018

The Great Compromise was forged during the 1787 Constitutional Convention: Larger states wanted congressional representation based on population, while smaller states wanted equal representation. Read More

How We Got National Monuments
December 5, 2017

The 111-year-old law that allowed President Trump to shrink two Native-American cultural sites. Read More

The Sweet Relationship Between Daylight Saving Time and Halloween
October 31, 2017

It wasn't always this bright outside for trick-or-treaters on the go. Read More

AP Government Students Will Likely Get an A for the Congressional Bill They Wrote
October 27, 2017

The students’ bill could release classified documents about cold Civil Rights cases. Read More

How We Got Social Security Numbers
October 4, 2017

And why they’re probably not going anywhere. Read More

Aaron Burr’s Notorious Treason Case
May 31, 2017

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The Strange Saga of the 27th Amendment
May 5, 2017

It was first proposed in 1789, but it took 200 years and a campaign by a Texas university student before it was finally ratified. Read More

America’s Honorary Citizens
November 28, 2014

As Congress considers honorary U.S. citizenship for Spaniard Bernardo de Gálvez, learn about the seven foreign nationals who have received the tribute. Read More

Gunfire Erupts Inside U.S. Capitol, 60 Years Ago
February 28, 2014

In March 1954, members of an extremist Puerto Rican nationalist group launched a terrorist attack protesting U.S. control of the island. Read More