Congress and the Separation of Powers: Audacious Vision, Uneven History, and Uncertain Future

When the Founders were crafting the Constitution, why did they separate the powers of government into three branches—legislative, executive, and judicial?

Find out at this symposium with journalists, academics, and representatives of Washington think tanks. Tuesday, September 25, 9 a.m. to noon. More information here.

Exploration

The Gold and Coal Fields of Alaska Together with the Principal Steamer Routes and Trails, map by U.S. Geological Survey, 1898

The Congress shall have Power To ... promote the Progress of Science

American exploration has been inspired by individual curiosity and boldness. It has also depended upon government encouragement and financial support. These documents highlight the role Congress has played in promoting scientific investigation and charting the unknown, from the early explorations across the continent to the latest voyages into space.