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Has any U.S. Vice President cast a tie-breaking vote against their own administration?

The US Constitution says the Vice President of the United States may only vote in the Senate to break a tie. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have ...
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How close did the US come to removing the Electoral College in 1970?

A NY Times opinion article mentioned a failed 1970 bill that would have introduced a potential constitutional amendment removing the electoral college. It had passed the House of Representatives, but ...
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Collaboration between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter after the 1980 election

After Ronald Reagan defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election, in the midst of the crisis of a large group of American diplomats being held hostage in Iran, it was obvious that they ...
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How did the election of one-third of Senators every two years stay in sync with addition of new states?

The Constitution says: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years. Immediately after they shall be ...
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What specifically did Caesar believe he would be charged with had he disbanded his army?

In Plutarch's Caesar he quotes Caesar as saying "They made this happen. They drove me to it. If I had dismissed my army, I Julius Caesar, after all my victories, would have been condemned in their law ...
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