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National Emergency? Which One?

By: Mike Maharrey So, is there a national emergency or no? The president says yes. Congress says no. Here’s the dirty little secret – no matter how things turn out ...

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The Founders’ Understanding of “Invasion”

March 18, 2019 Founders / Government / History 0

By: Dave Benner Even by the middle of the 18th century, the English language lacked a widely-used set of standard definitions to English words. While English dictionaries existed, those that ...

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Kentucky Governor Signs “Constitutional Carry” Bill into Law

By: Mike Maharrey FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 12, 2019) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a bill into law making it legal for state residents to carry firearms concealed without a ...

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James Madison Vetoes Infrastructure Bill as Unconstitutional

By: Dave Benner On the last day of his administration, March 3, 1817, President James Madison vetoed the Bonus Bill of 1817 – a plan that called for the federal ...

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The Relevance of the Preamble to Constitutional Interpretation

March 11, 2019 Constitution / Government / History 0

By: Michael Rappaport The preamble to the United States Constitution is something that is widely employed within political and theoretical arguments but is virtually never relied upon in court cases ...

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The “General Welfare” Clause

by JOHN W. BUGLER We Americans find ourselves faced with the disquieting specter of a national debt measured in trillions of dollars: a sum truly inconceivable. Many economists and politicians ...

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Gouverneur Morris’s Rewriting of the Constitution

March 7, 2019 Constitution / Founders / History 0

by Mike Rappaport Recently, the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism held its annual Works-in-Progress Conference. One of the papers was written by Dean William Treanor of Georgetown Law ...

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Today in History: The Missouri Compromise Signed into Law

By: Dave Benner Today in 1820, a set of bills that came to be known as the “Missouri Compromise” were signed into law by President James Monroe. Initially seen as ...

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Today in History: The Boston Massacre

March 6, 2019 Government / History 0

By: Dave Benner Today in 1770, a violent incident unfolded on Boston’s King Street, where an agitated group of colonists swarmed around a group of British regulars. After a group ...

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A New Conservative Agenda

A governing philosophy for the twenty-first century by Daniel McCarthy What has been known as conservatism in the Republican party since Ronald Reagan left office, fully thirty years ago, has ...

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