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Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone teaches the history of American government in videos and weekly articles.


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Read the latest lessons in the Guide to Government.

Lesson 1: Free Speech

The First Amendment to the Constitution does not impose, as some believe, “a wall of separation between church and state.” That phrase comes from a letter b…

January 25, 2018

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Lesson 2: The Filibuster

During the battles over healthcare and tax reform, Republicans have sent themselves into contortions to abide by the “Budget Reconciliation” rules that allow …

January 26, 2018

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Lesson 3: Independent Counsel

“The executive Power,” begins Article II of the Constitution, “shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” No ifs, ands or buts about…

January 28, 2018

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