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    Can Fake News Be Regulated? [POLICYbrief]

    In 1898, that’s a long time ago, Spanish-American War was started by newspapers crying, “Remember the Maine!” The Maine was an American ship that exploded in Havana Harbor and the newspapers quickly, particularly the New York World, started pushing article saying, “We need to have a war with Spain over this. Remember the Maine, they blew it up.” That was utterly fake news. It wasn’t true and it led to a war. So, fake news is not a new thing. The First Amendment does not allow the government to regulate what companies or people, social media sites, or newspapers, or television stations, doesn’t give them the authority to tell them…

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    Brett Kavanaugh has a reverence for the Constitution: Fmr. clerk Justin Walker

    BOILERPLATE RESPONSE NO MATTER WHO HE PICKED. OH, LORD. THAT AMERICA IS GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM. HE WAS A LAW CLERK FOR JUDGE KAVANAUGH IN THE D.C. CIRCUIT APPEALS COURT. JUSTIN WALKER JOINS ME NOW. HE’S ALSO CLERKED UNDER JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY AT THE SUPREME COURT. WELCOME TO THE SHOW, JUSTIN.>>THANKS VERY MUCH. KENNEDY: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PHILOSOPHY?>>I THINK JUDGE KAVANAUGH HAS A REVERENCE FOR THE CONSTITUTION WHICH YOU HEARD A LITTLE BIT IN THAT YOU SHOULDN’T MAKE UP THE LAW OR INVENT THE LAW, YOU SHOULD SEARCH — FOR A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT. IT WAS A CASE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE DEFENDANT SHOULD BE FORCED…

  • Congressional Democrats return from recess vowing to prioritize gun legislation
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    Congressional Democrats return from recess vowing to prioritize gun legislation

    JUDY WOODRUFF: With the August recess now over, members of Congress scrambled today to prioritize their agenda items. As Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins reports, there’s a lot to choose from. LISA DESJARDINS: Their first full day back from summer break, House Democrats wanted to talk guns and gun violence, holding a forum on the issue. REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): We will fight on every front, in the courts, and in the Congress, and in the court of public opinion, to make sure this issue is too hot to handle for the GOP to block. We’re not taking no for an answer. LISA DESJARDINS: Speaker Pelosi is particularly touting a…

  • FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights p2
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    FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights p2

    k i d alana finish up f_d_r_’s second new deal it’ll just take a second then will pick up some in your thoughts on this cuz i got people here live who won tell me i’m crazy and others who think that this is that this is gonna save america so we don’t want the rate of thirty on the other thing for farmers is not so much farmers anymore in business of free from apple a home in health care uh… here is speckled number six this is f_d_r_ about the social safety net here you go no probably economic head already shipment the prime aldape sickness accidents and…

  • Introduction to the Article I Initiative
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    Introduction to the Article I Initiative

    “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” –U.S. Constitution, Article I. Article I is the legislature, the Congress, and there’s been great concern in recent years that Congress has ceased to perform the functions that the Constitution assigns to it. I think there’s a widespread understanding that it’s not living up to its constitutional role. So, has Congress been faithful to the design of the Constitution? Congress is an institution worthy of study, and it’s worth thinking about the Congress as a whole, and not just thinking about these particular issues that…

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    The Bill of Rights and the First Federal Congress

    It was a very tenuous time in American history. They needed to get it right very quickly in order to keep the public’s confidence in what they were doing. I’m Charlene Bickford and I direct the First Federal Congress Project at The George Washington University. The First Federal Congress Project’s goal is to publish the complete documentary record of the most important and productive Congress in United States history. They were left to create the whole federal government structure. They had to found the executive departments. They had to flesh out the judiciary of the United States. Seventeen volumes have been published and we have three that are in page…

  • President Lyndon Baines Johnson 1966 State of the Union Address, 1/12/66. MP562.
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    President Lyndon Baines Johnson 1966 State of the Union Address, 1/12/66. MP562.

    Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union. January 12, 1966 Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the House and the Senate, my fellow Americans: I come before you tonight to report on the State of the Union for the third time. I come here to thank you and to add my tribute, once more, to the Nation’s gratitude for this, the 89th Congress. This Congress has already reserved for itself an honored chapter in the history of America. Our Nation tonight is engaged in a brutal and bitter conflict in Vietnam. Later on I want to discuss that struggle in some detail with you. It just…

  • President vs. Congress: Does the separation of powers still work? (1980) | ARCHIVES
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    President vs. Congress: Does the separation of powers still work? (1980) | ARCHIVES

    Announcer: From the nation’s capital, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents Public Policy Forums, a series of programs featuring the nation’s top authorities presenting their differing views on the vital issues which confront us. Today’s topic, president vs. congress, does the separation of powers still work? John Charles Daly: Nearly 200 years ago, our founding fathers in the Federalist argued that the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. The preservation of liberty requires that the three great departments of…

  • Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition to Impeach Trump for Violating Constitution over Biz Interests
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    Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition to Impeach Trump for Violating Constitution over Biz Interests

    AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to John Bonifaz, who’s an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights, co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizations that launched the “Impeach Donald Trump Now” campaign just moments after Trump’s inauguration. More than 200,000 people from across the country have already joined the campaign. John, talk about what you are calling for right now. JOHN BONIFAZ: Well, we think that there must be an impeachment investigation initiated in the United States Congress based on the violations of the emoluments clauses, the foreign emoluments clause and the domestic emoluments clause, both of which make clear…

  • The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches
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    The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches

    Good afternoon. My name is Nate Kaczmarek. I’m the Deputy Director of The Federalist Society’s Article I Initiative. Initiative is dedicated to the development of a theory of the role and practical goals of Congress that stem directly from core constitutional principles. Today’s luncheon is just one of the many events The Federalist Society has planned here on Capitol Hill and across the country. On behalf of the Initiative, I want to thank you all for joining us. At the outset, I’d also like to thank, uh, Senator Ron Johnson and his staff for sponsoring the room for today’s event. As you may have noticed from your program and from…