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Constitutional Sleight of Hand: The Evolution of Implied Powers

The U.S. Constitution is a truly unique instrument — not least for its place as a written, and therefore limited grant of authority to the government. This is in stark ...

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Alexander Hamilton’s “Implied Powers” Wrecked the Constitution

By: Mike Maharrey During the ratification debates, supporters of the Constitution insisted that the new general government would only exercise the powers explicitly enumerated in the document. But less than three years ...

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Necessary and Proper: Not Anything and Everything

By: Michael Boldin The “Necessary and Proper” clause of the Constitution is one of the most widely misunderstood – and abused in the document. Most modern federal regulations today are ...

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