On February 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt shocked America by introducing a plan to expand the Supreme Court, to gain favorable votes. FDR’s war on the court was short-lived, and it was defeated by a crafty chief justice and Roosevelt’s own party members.
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The Senate filibuster has had a banner month so far. In late January, the Senate approved modest changes to the filibuster. And this week, there has been speculation that Senate Republicans might resort to a filibuster of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary.
A plan in six states to change how their Electoral College votes are allocated seems to be mostly dead, with Pennsylvania as the lone holdout.
Villanova’s Lara Brown looks at Republicans in Pennsylvania who want the change the state’s electoral system, and how that practice goes back to the Founding Fathers.
Today is the birthday of the only person to run for, and win, the presidency four times: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here’s a list of 10 facts about FDR— before he became president in 1932.