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10 Myths About the U.S. Constitution Most Congressmen Believe

August 6, 2019 Constitution 0

By Laurence M. Vance A recent article on MSN is headlined: “10 Myths About the U.S. Constitution Most Americans Believe.” Here are the ten myths: The Constitution is on hemp paper.The Constitution ...

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More News on Powers Reserved Exclusively to the States

by Robert G. Natelson Note from the Editor: The Federalist Society takes no positions on particular legal and public policy matters. Any expressions of opinion are those of the author. ...

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The Founders Interpret the Constitution: The Division of Federal and State Powers

by Robert G. Natelson Note from the Editor:  This article surveys ratification-era statements by defenders of the proposed Constitution enumerating powers that would be reserved to the states. It argues ...

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How the Founders told us the Constitution would restrict federal power

By: Rob Natelson Everyone who studies the Constitution knows it grants to agencies of the federal government and a few other entities only enumerated (listed) powers. Sometimes, though, it is ...

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Melville’s Thoughts on Liberty

by John E. Alvis It’s the bicentenary of the birth of one of America’s greatest authors, Herman Melville. We ought to celebrate by examining how Melville, in his poetry and ...

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“Law and Order” Conservatives Reject the Rule of Law in Favor of Federal Death Penalty

By: Suzanne Sherman U.S. Attorney General Robert Barr recently ordered the reinstatement of the federal death penalty, ending a 16-year pause in executions at the federal level. The Department of ...

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Unconstitutional? Extra-Constitutional? What’s the difference?

July 27, 2019 Constitution 0

By: Rob Natelson You often hear that an action is “constitutional” or “unconstitutional.” More rarely, you hear the term “extra-constitutional.” Exactly how do these words differ? An action is constitutional if taken ...

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The Plot to Undermine the Electoral College

by Ian Drake In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote for president by just under three million votes.  But under the Constitution’s electoral voting system, Clinton ...

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Debunking the “One Nation” Myth: Thoughts from Maharry Head

By: Mike Maharrey Most Americans think July 4, 1776, birthed a “nation.” It didn’t. It actually birthed 13 independent nations that soon formed a union. The notion that Independence Day ...

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On the Omission of the Term “Expressly” from the Tenth Amendment

By: Kurt T. Lash In his recent review of Lawrence Lessig’s new book, “Fidelity and Constraint,” Georgetown law professor John Mikhail takes issue with Lessig’s account of the New Deal. Mikhail rejects ...

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