• Workshop: Making Government Websites with Federalist + GitHub Basics
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    Workshop: Making Government Websites with Federalist + GitHub Basics

    good morning everyone online I think there’s a whole group of you and good morning again to folks in the room thank you for coming to this workshop on using federalists us web design standards and github this workshops a little bit multi segmented and as the segment’s go on we’re more and more flexible depending on what folks in the room need so I’m going to start by going through a pretty straight presentation in the middle we’re gonna split into two sections those that want to talk about managing a complex site using github and federalists we’ll go in the other room those that want to do they…

  • What is a regulatory taking? [No. 86]
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    What is a regulatory taking? [No. 86]

    The takings clause says private property should not be taken for public use without just compensation. It’s not obvious how that applies to regulations. The takings clause has four separate moving parts. Courts have to ask first whether the person who claims he suffered a taking has private property, and then whether the government did something that took the property. Then whether the property was taken for public use then the court has to measure just compensation. The paradigm example of a taking occurs when a government says, “We’re going to use eminent domain and institute a proceeding to condemn your property.” Regulatory takings law is the body of law…

  • 22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention
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    22. The Road to a Constitutional Convention

    Prof: Coming in to the home stretch. We’re moving towards the Constitution; it’s kind of amazing, kind of weird. And so, as a matter of fact, that’s what we’re going to be doing with today’s lecture, which is going to get us on the road to the Federal Convention. Now just a quick review before we plunge down the road. On Thursday, as I hope you all remember, I talked about some of the problems of the Articles of Confederation and I talked about things that caused confusion or complications like boundaries between states; I talked about Vermont; I talked about the state of Franklin; I talked about Shays’ Rebellion,…

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    Irina Manta: Privacy v. Freedom of the Press

    The topic of the panel was the conflict that we have to some extent between our desire as a society to protect privacy, uh, but also to have a free press. And so, one of key questions we were answering is whether we should have more regulations in the age of new sites, such as Gawker, and others. The concern, uh, that people have, uh, is that we are going to either allow for people’s privacy to be violated, and for certain details about their lives to be disclosed on the internet forever and that they can never get rid of, and can never repair. Or on the other hand,…

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    24. Creating a Nation

    Prof: On Thursday, I gave the world’s most condensed lecture about the Constitution, and I mentioned three controversies that represented long-standing concerns in Revolutionary America: the question of representation, the problem of slavery, and then the question of a national executive– so that really boils down to the problem of investing power in one man. Now I did manage to discuss all three of those things briefly before the end of the lecture. I did not have time to discuss one last issue, which I do want to talk about here before I go into the real topic of today’s lecture. I just ran out of time. And it actually…

  • 9. The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle’s Politics, VII
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    9. The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle’s Politics, VII

    Professor Steven Smith: I want to begin today with concluding Aristotle, part three. Before I do, however, could I just ask the people–yes, thank you so much. And your neighbor, too? Would you mind? Thank you so much. Just out of respect to Mr. Aristotle. It’s mister to you. I want to talk today about Aristotle’s discovery of America. This will probably come as a surprise to some of you that Aristotle discovered America, but I will get to that in a minute. In many ways for Aristotle, as it is for every student of politics, the most serious, the most difficult issue one confronts is the problem of faction.…

  • Federalist No 1
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    Federalist No 1

    The Federalist Number 1 AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really…

  • Lame-Duck Lawmaking & the 20th Amendment
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    Lame-Duck Lawmaking & the 20th Amendment

    The 20th Amendment went three-fourths of the way to solving what was perceived as a problem of lame-duck lawmaking. The criticism of lame-duck lawmaking is you’ve got members who might’ve run for office, and had been defeated, yet they’re still there voting when the session’s over. In hunting, you have hit the duck and you’ve lamed it, it has collapsed down, but it’s still walking. So, here the members, those legislators who had already lost but their term hadn’t ended, basically, they were free to do whatever they want and not be responsible to any constituents. The way our government was originally set up is that when you had an…

  • 21. A Union Without Power
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    21. A Union Without Power

    Today’s lecture basically is titled “A Union Without Power.” In past years I’ve titled it, “Powers — “Problems of the Confederation,” and you’ll see why, by the end of the lecture. On Tuesday I started to talk about the larger question of the legacy of the Revolution and the process of governance, and I started us off by talking about the drafting of state constitutions and the drafting of the Articles of Confederation. And in a sense, one uniting theme that ran through both parts of that lecture was the ways in which the states and their rights and their sovereignty were really at the center of things. In a…

  • Gill v. Whitford [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Gill v. Whitford [SCOTUSbrief]

    ​Gill v. Whitford is a case that attempts to answer a question that’s about 30 years old. How do you define a gerrymandering? Gerrymandering is a way to draw district lines to help your party and hurt your opponent. The term gerrymandering is based on the name of a founding father named Elbridge Gerry. Elbridge Gerry created a prototypical gerrymandering in Massachusetts that was lampooned in a cartoon in 1812. It looked like a salamander wrapped around the district that was to be divided up. So when you make a portmanteau word of salamander and Elbridge Gerry’s last name, you get Gerrymander. Gerrymandering has been practiced by both parties, at…