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Happy birthday, 20th and 24th Amendments

Today we celebrate the ratification of not one, but two constitutional amendments: the 20th Amendment (ratified January 23, 1933) and the 24th Amendment (ratified January 23, 1964). Here’s what you need to know. The 20th Amendment What it did It reduced by several months the time between the election and inauguration of the president and […]

THE TWENTIETH AMENDMENT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO AWAY WITH THE “LAME DUCK” CONGRESS: SO WHY HAVE WE SPENT THE LAST DAYS OF 2010 WATCHING ONE?

“A very undesirable legislative condition.” That is how the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, gathering in 1932, referred to the period after a bi-annual election and before the swearing in of the new Congress. The committee was describing reasons why the nation should adopt what turned out to be the twentieth amendment to the Constitution. […]