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  • The Define and Punish Clause doesn’t authorize vast federal power either

    The Define and Punish Clause doesn’t authorize vast federal power either0

    • June 14, 2017

    Legal commentators have spread a good deal of ink trying to show that the Constitution authorizes the enormous expansion of the federal government since the 1930s. Leading the way have been some associated—as professors, students, or alumni—with the most privileged educational institutions: Harvard, Yale, Chicago, and so forth. Their publications inflated the Commerce Clause to

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  • Fake News: How Leading Liberal Newspapers Spread the “Runaway Convention” Story

    Fake News: How Leading Liberal Newspapers Spread the “Runaway Convention” Story0

    • June 11, 2017

    Although there were scattered antecedents, “runaway convention” claims and certain associated myths were first distributed widely during the 1960s and 1970s. In a previous Article V Information Center study, I documented how those stories were publicized by leading opinion-molders in national liberal establishment. Their goal was to disable the Article V convention process to prevent

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  • The Convention of States in American History

    The Convention of States in American History0

    • June 1, 2017

    In this short essay, constitutional historian Rob Natelson thumbnails the three-centuries long history of “conventions of the states.” When delegations from the states assemble in Phoenix, Arizona later this year, they will be basking in a long and rich American tradition. As far back as 1677, British colonies in North America sent “commissioners” (delegates) to

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  • Convention Rules for a Convention of the States

    Convention Rules for a Convention of the States0

    • May 28, 2017

    The convention of the states meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in September will need a set of rules. Moreover, that convention will be engaged in further rule-writing because the Arizona Legislature called it partly to suggest rules for a prospective Article V Convention for Proposing Amendments. I suggest the planners start with the Model Rules provided

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  • Yes, the Constitution was adopted legally

    Yes, the Constitution was adopted legally0

    • May 17, 2017

    An old myth has showed up in the media again: the myth that delegates to the 1787 Constitution Convention violated their trust—that they produced a new constitution although empowered only to propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation. Fortunately, the claim that the 1787 convention had no authority to propose a new constitution is pure

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  • The Constitution does indeed permit immigration caps as part of ‘the law of nations’

    The Constitution does indeed permit immigration caps as part of ‘the law of nations’0

    • May 15, 2017

    Some pro-immigration activists question whether the federal government has any constitutional power over immigration. “Where,” they ask, “is the word ‘immigration’ among the powers the Constitution grants to Congress?”

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