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Apr 9

Federalism in 1868 and 2012



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Like the issue of civil rights in the 1860s and ‘70s, healthcare in 2012 has become the terrain upon which the battle over centralized power is being fought.



Apr 8

The winner of Presidential Madness is…



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The people have spoken. The best fictional president is Jed Bartlet.



Apr 6

The Constitution This Week: Cell phones, tweets, and strip searches



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The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court’s ruling on strip searches, President Obama’s civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.



Apr 6

Federal judge sanctions confiscation of inmate’s book



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Officials at Folsom State Prison in California did not violate the First Amendment rights of an inmate when they confiscated a photocopy of the George L. Jackson book Blood in My Eye, a federal judge has ruled.



Apr 5

Constitution Check: Is the “Roberts Court” driven by politics?



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James Madison’s concept of the separation of powers of the national government has always been thought to be a stroke of genius because it guaranteed a good deal of independence of the three major branches so that they could check each other, to prevent tyranny.