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Is Early Impeachment Practice Relevant to Original Meaning?

August 26, 2018 Constitution / Government / History 0

by Michael Stokes Paulsen In my most recent several posts in this series, I set forth the nearly overwhelming case for a broad understanding of “high Crime and Misdemeanors” as ...

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The Limited Scope of the Full Faith and Credit Clause

August 15, 2018 Constitution / Government / History 0

Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution requires every state to give “full faith and credit” to public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state. This rather obscure ...

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Government Officials Who Abuse Their Power Deserve Derision Not Respect

August 15, 2018 Constitution / Government / History 0

A lot of people say we should be respectful of politicians, even if we disagree with their actions. They say we should “respect the office.”’ That certainly isn’t how the ...

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Reforming Independent Counsels

Over the years, I have been exploring different ways that the institution of an independent (or special) counsel can be reformed. See, e.g. here and here. On the one hand, ...

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The Propriety of Presidential Impeachments, Past and Present

July 19, 2018 Constitution / History / POTUS 0

Yesterday, as part of my series of posts about taking seriously the constitutional power of impeachment, I reviewed briefly what I have said in the past about impeachment of federal ...

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Don’t Blame the Constitution for Your Loss of Liberty

Some people want to blame the intrusive, overreaching federal government we have today on the Constitution. Many cite a quote fro 19th-century anarchist Lysander Spooner drive home their point: “But ...

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Big Spenders Get Worse Every Year: The History of Growth Since 1940

In March of 2018, President Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to avoid shutting down the federal government. After signing the 2,200-page bill, the president proclaimed ...

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Founding Principles as Pillars of Our Foreign Policy – Panel presentation by the Federalist Society

The Federalist Society What role should Congress play in determining our country's foreign policy? On June 6, 2018, the Federalist Society's Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group and the ...

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The Struggle for American Independence: The Intolerable Acts

July 9, 2018 History 0

In this episode, I cover the Intolerable Acts – a series of laws passed by British Parliament in early 1774 to punish the colonies (especially Massachusetts), for the destruction of ...

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Constitutional Interpretation and the Impeachment Power

Last week, I began what I expect to be a series of posts on the constitutional power of impeachment. What is the proper understanding of the Constitution’s standard for impeachment ...

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