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Health care hearings – what to listen for (Part 1 of 2)

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For both lawyers, most of the questions coming from the bench probably will be about Congress’s powers under the Commerce Clause, though some will explore the Necessary and Proper Clause, and at least a few questions may focus on the mandate as a form of tax.

Tags: Commerce Clause Federalism General Welfare Clause Gonzales v. Raich Necessary and Proper Clause Peter Jennings Project Wickard v. Filburn

Why Women’s History?

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Now that women’s history month has reached its third week-and blogs, news programs and classrooms nationwide have been abuzz with fascinating factoids about America’s historic women-what will happen to our zest for women’s history once the month comes to an end?

Tags: Gerda Lerner Jimmy Carter Women's History Month

A look back at a fighter’s unforgivable blackness

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Arguably no athlete in American history has engendered the extremes in emotions that Jack Johnson–“The Galveston Giant”–created. He was either loved or reviled, and the choice was mainly determined by the shade of one’s skin.

Tags: African American History Jack Johnson Jim Jeffries John McCain Mann Act Seaborn Roddenberry

Two cheers for the presidency

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As America remembers her greatest presidents, it’s worth reflecting on the presidency itself, both to celebrate its glories and to ponder its glitches.

Tags: Abraham Lincoln At the Center George Washington John Adams Poll Tax President's Day religious freedom Winston Churchill World War I

The Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln…or Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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In the fictional “Killing Lincoln,” Bill O’Reilly touts Lincoln as our best president. In part, that accolade is based on the perception of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.

Tags: Abraham Lincoln Civil Rights Act of 1964 Corwin Amendment Emancipation Proclamation Jr. Martin Luther King Voting Rights Act of 1965