The storm that saved the nation's Capitol

by Bill Federer -- Called the "Chief Architect of the Constitution," he wrote many of the Federalist Papers which helped convince states to ratify the Constitution. He introduced the First Amendment in more…

What the 1st Amendment does not do

by Bill Federer -- On MARCH 15, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt warned at the dinner of White House correspondents: "Modern tyrants find it necessary to eliminate all democracies. ... A few weeks ago more…

Girl Scouts: How far they've fallen

by Bill Federer -- Juliette Low had chronic ear infections as a child, which made one ear deaf. A grain of rice thrown at her wedding lodged in her other ear, which more…

The date naval warfare was revolutionized

by Bill Federer -- The Confederate iron-plated ship Merrimac destroyed two Union boats during the Civil War. The Union responded with the ironclad Monitor. President Calvin Coolidge dedicated a statue to the more…

The most important thing a judge can learn

by Bill Federer -- "Old Ironsides" is the nickname of the three-masted frigate USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the world still afloat. Muslim Barbary Pirates of North Africa had captured more…