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  • Evidence on the Powers the Constitution Leaves Exclusively to the States0

    • May 18, 2015

    This column also appears at CNSNews. The Constitution enumerates the powers of the federal government. But has anyone listed the exclusive powers of states—the realm the federal government may not invade without violating the Constitution? When discussing state authority, the Founders usually pointed out only that the federal government’s powers were, as Madison said, “few

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  • Resisting Federal Usurpation: Comments by Theophilus Parsons0

    • January 4, 2015

    Several years ago, I wrote on this site about the contributions to the American Founding of Josiah Quincy. Another little-known Founder who should be more widely celebrated today was Theophilus Parsons. Parsons was from the same Massachusetts circle that produced Quincy. He was an an outstanding lawyer and an eloquent spokesman for republican government and

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  • A Summary of How States Push Back Against Washington0

    • December 28, 2013

    The Cato Institute has published a new paper by Professor John Dinan that summarizes all the credible ways in which  the states can and do push back against Washington, D.C. The only omission to this excellent summary is the states’ amendment powers under the Constitution’s Article V. (Although the states have never forced Congress to

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