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  • New Article: Is President Trump in Violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause?

    New Article: Is President Trump in Violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause?0

    • February 22, 2017

    Recent controversy has centered on President Trump’s businesses accepting payments—such as payment for space in the Trump Tower—from foreign governments. Several prominent legal commentators have begun a lawsuit claiming that the president is violating the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause by accepting “emoluments” from foreign governments. That Clause, which is Article I, Section 9, Clause 8,

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  • A New Look at the Founders Through the Postal Clause

    A New Look at the Founders Through the Postal Clause0

    • February 21, 2017

    The Constitution’s Postal Clause grants Congress power to “establish Post Offices and Post Roads.” There is a fascinating history behind that provision, which I explore in a new article linked here. Some of the highlights: * Although the Founders generally favored free enterprise over state-owned business, they made an exception for postal services. * As

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  • Conservatives Should Abandon the Filibuster

    Conservatives Should Abandon the Filibuster0

    • February 15, 2017

    Conservatives traditionally have supported the Senate filibuster because, supposedly, it puts the brakes on expansion of government. I’ve long thought conservatives should reconsider. With Democrats planning to filibuster President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, a good time to reconsider is now. That’s because history shows that, on balance, the filibuster doesn’t put the brakes on

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  • New Video on TABOR—the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

    New Video on TABOR—the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights0

    • January 31, 2017

    Fred Holden (below) and Rob Natelson, both Senior Fellows at the Independence Institute, talk about the famous Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of  Rights in this interview.

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  • Reduce Holdings of Federal Lands

    Reduce Holdings of Federal Lands0

    • January 29, 2017

    Interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke served his country honorably as a Navy SEAL, but in affirming in his federal lands testimony that he would refuse to loosen the government’s chokehold on America’s land, he did the U.S. a disservice. Reasonable people can disagree about how much territory the government should own. As an avid outdoorsman, I’m sympathetic

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  • State Lawmakers! Don’t Put Extraneous Matter in Your Article V Application

    State Lawmakers! Don’t Put Extraneous Matter in Your Article V Application0

    • January 20, 2017

    by Robert G. Natelson State lawmakers sponsoring an Article V convention application often find that other lawmakers want to add extraneous matter to the application. This may include conditions beyond the mere subject-matter, instructions to commissioners, specific amendment language, convention rules, and pronouncements of various kinds. Don’t agree! Adding such material is both unprofessional and

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