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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 it. The Constitution limits the president’s powers here and there: certain of his executive branch appointees (the document leaves Congress and the president […]

January 28, 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 the majority to get around a Democratic filibuster. So what is a filibuster? Technically, it is a threat by a minority of senators to debate an issue […]

January 26, 2018

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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 by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Connecticut Baptists, cited approvingly by Supreme Court decisions in 1878 and 1947. The First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no […]

January 25, 2018

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