What do Benjamin Wade, Willie P. Mangum and John Nance Garner all have in common? If not for a last-second decision, or a twist of fate, they might have become Acting President of the United States, in an era before the 25th Amendment existed.
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On August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford officially became President in the most unusual of circumstances, as Richard Nixon left Washington in disgrace and the trusted Ford took office without the benefit of direct election to office.
President Barack Obama has ordered United States military forces to make limited strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq. So how is this legal when Obama didn’t pursue similar actions in Syria last year?
On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon announced he would resign from office as a result of the Watergate scandal. But the effects of Watergate lingered on for years after the scandal.
On a June 17, 1972, police caught five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. So how did a “third-rate burglary” escalate into a near constitutional crisis?