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How a Lawmaker Gets Expelled from Congress

On December 1, 2023, George Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives by a 311-114 vote, telling reporters, “To hell with this place!” as he exited the United States Capitol. It was a dramatic moment, fitting for such a rare occasion—only 21 Congress members have ever been expelled.

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The Ratification of the Bill of Rights

December 15 marks Bill of Rights Day, commemorating the 1791 ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights. However, crafting a Bill of Rights was highly controversial at the time.

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The House Speaker Debacle

On October 25, Mike Johnson was elected the new Speaker of the House after Kevin McCarthy was removed from the position—marking the first time that a Speaker has been voted out in U.S. history. But the journey to replace the Speaker was arduous.

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The Infamy of the Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott v. Sandford, a Supreme Court decision made in 1857, is largely regarded as one of the most infamous decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. This case determined that people of Black African descent were not entitled to U.S. citizenship.

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Exploring Constitutional Change with Jef Ruchti

In many countries around the world, constitutional change is happening on a regular basis. We spoke with Jef Ruchti, who has provided his editorial expertise and constitutional knowledge while working on the World Constitutions Illustrated database.

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The History of Hawai‘i: How a Kingdom Became a State

The wildfires that ravaged the Hawai‘ian island of Maui and completely destroyed the city of Lahaina last month have rekindled conversations about the controversial history of how Hawai‘i came to be an American state in the first place.

The Sad, Drunken Saga of the 18th Century Gin Craze

England had such a serious drinking problem in the 1700s that today this fifty-year period is known as the Gin Craze. In this post, we explore this manufactured crisis and how a nation sobered up.