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  • Yes, Mr. President—You Must Enforce Laws You Don’t Like

    Yes, Mr. President—You Must Enforce Laws You Don’t Like0

    • January 3, 2017

    Must the president enforce laws he doesn’t like? The answer to this question lies in the Constitution’s phrase that the president “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

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  • Trump’s Businesses May Not Violate the Emoluments Clause

    Trump’s Businesses May Not Violate the Emoluments Clause0

    • December 29, 2016

    Professor Michael Ramsey recently pointed out that commentators who claim Donald Trump will violate the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause on the day of his inauguration haven’t done their homework…

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  • Ebenezer Hazard: Forgotten Founder

    Ebenezer Hazard: Forgotten Founder0

    • December 6, 2016

    An earlier version of this article first appeared in Townhall.com. When we celebrate leading American founders such as George Washington and James Madison, we sometimes overlook their talented colleagues. One of these was Ebenezer Hazard. As postmaster general under the Articles of Confederation, he helped bind the country together. As a historical editor, he preserved precious

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  • For the Latest In Matters Constitutional, Check out Our Dedicated Websites!

    For the Latest In Matters Constitutional, Check out Our Dedicated Websites!0

    • November 13, 2016

    The Independence Institute’s constitutional scholars maintain websites dedicated to everything latest—and everything historical—about the U.S. Constitution. For Rob Natelson’s commentary on the Constitution, go to robnatelson.com For Dave Kopel’s commentary on the Second Amendment, self-defense, terrorism, and for links to Colorado Inside Out, go to davekopel.com For our special website dedicated to the Constitution’s amendment

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  • For our Montana viewers… on the Montana Supreme Court

    For our Montana viewers… on the Montana Supreme Court0

    • November 7, 2016

    Because of a contested election for the Montana Supreme Court, I’m making available again a study of the court’s odd recent history.

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  • Changed Conditions May Justify Term Limits0

    • October 18, 2016

    This is the full version of an op-ed  first appearing in the Detroit Daily News. Advocates for term limits want to amend the Constitution to add them. Their most common argument is that restricting how long an elected official may serve will curb special interest influence and other federal abuse. The Articles of Confederation, the document

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