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Can States Control Their Own Borders? show art Can States Control Their Own Borders?

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

Did you know 17 states have an international border? The U.S. Constitution delegates border enforcement issues to the executive branch but what are states to do if those federal laws are not being adequately enforced?  Join our panel, moderated by Constituting America founder and co-chair Actress Janine Turner, with students, and our expert guest: former Justice Department Senior Advisor to the US Attorney General Gene Hamilton for this insightful discussion.

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The Gabby Petito Tragedy. Obtaining the Laundrie Warrant Sooner? The Role of the 4th & 5th Amendments Straight show art The Gabby Petito Tragedy. Obtaining the Laundrie Warrant Sooner? The Role of the 4th & 5th Amendments Straight

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

A social media personality goes missing, found deceased and her fiancé is a suspect. With so many unanswered questions, we have reexamined interactions with the police in the days preceding her disappearance. Could they have done more? Could the fiancé have been detained? The Bill of Rights sets the framework for police through the 4th and 5th amendments. Join our panel and former federal prosector Charles Stimson as we examine the legal circumstances in this case and criminal procedure.

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 13: The Anti-Federalist and Federalist Debate Still Rages Today  show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 13: The Anti-Federalist and Federalist Debate Still Rages Today

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

For 13 weeks, we continued a conversation that began over 200 years ago between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Why? It’s because we belong in a community. The Preamble does not begin with “I, the individual” but “We, the people.” In this conversation we realize our natural tendencies to join groups, quarrel and ask questions. We gravitate towards power so we divide it to prevent its corrupting tendency. Join Professor Gordon Lloyd from Pepperdine University and our panel as we continue this con

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 12: The Role of the Judiciary: Brutus XV and Federalist 78 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 12: The Role of the Judiciary: Brutus XV and Federalist 78

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

Brutus XV argues the Supreme Court will be too powerful because it can interpret the Constitution and decisions cannot be overturned. In Federalist 78, Hamilton argued it would not be the most powerful branch but the least dangerous because it cannot make or enforce laws. He argued court's power is limited and does not give the court supremacy but rather independence. What do you think? Is the Supreme Court too powerful? Join our panel and Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga of the Ashbrook Center for this discussion.

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 11: Is a Bill of Rights Necessary? Federal Farmer IV, James Wilson’s State House Speech, and Federalist 84  show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 11: Is a Bill of Rights Necessary? Federal Farmer IV, James Wilson’s State House Speech, and Federalist 84

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

Anti-Federalists supported a Bill of Rights as they viewed it as a list of rights that should be retained by the people. The Federalists did not view it as necessary, believing checks and balances sufficient to protect our individual liberty, and argued an enumeration of “we the peoples’” rights would allow government to take over in areas not listed.  They feared it might actually harm individual liberty.  What do you think?  Join our panel and Constitutional expert Tara Ross for this powerful dis

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 10: The Powers of the New Government: Brutus V, Agrippa VII and Federalist 45 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 10: The Powers of the New Government: Brutus V, Agrippa VII and Federalist 45

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

Should power rest with states or with the fed government? The Articles of Confederation did an incomplete job in assigning powers so The Founders held a Constitutional Convention. Brutus and Agrippa felt the “common defense and general welfare” clause in the new constitution was broad. Federalist 45 responded with the power of the government are few and defined while state's power are many and undefined. Join our panel and Gordon Lloyd for this week’s discussion that still has profound relevance.

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 9: Unity of the Executive: Cato V and Federalist 70 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 9: Unity of the Executive: Cato V and Federalist 70

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

Have you noticed that Article 2 of the Constitution is much shorter than Article 1? The Founders knew the President’s powers needed to be “flexible." The Anti-Federalists felt this was dangerous as the President could become a Caesar with undefined powers. The Federalists were happy with a strong executive. What do you think? Has our Executive Branch grown to be too big with too much power? Join our panel and Professor Joerk Knipprath as we discuss both of these points of views in this week’s chat.

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 8: The Role of the Second Branch: Brutus XVI and Federalist 63 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 8: The Role of the Second Branch: Brutus XVI and Federalist 63

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

In Brutus XVI, the Anti-Federalists had concerns over the design of the senate even though it was needed for their preferred type of government. They feared it was a threat to liberty because of the consolidation of central power. In Federalist 63, Madison argued against these fears. Join our panel and constitutional expert, Michael Zuckert from the University of Notre Dame, as we explore Brutus’ concerns, the concessions Madison promulgated and what our guest likes to call “short-leash republicanism

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 7: The Role of the First Branch: Brutus III and Federalist 55 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 7: The Role of the First Branch: Brutus III and Federalist 55

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

Madison wrote in Federalist 55, “Had every Athenian been a Socrates; every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” The Founders knew representation was central to the American experiment so it was no accident that the Constitution first created Congress. While the Federalists wanted to give more power to Congress, the Anti-Federalists were wary of such “enlargement.” This debate continues today. Join our panel & special guest Tony Williams as we dive into the structure of the “first br

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 6: The Separation of Powers-Brutus II and Federalist 51 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 6: The Separation of Powers-Brutus II and Federalist 51

Constitutional Chats hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

James Madison wrote that "the great difficulty" of creating a system of government is finding the way it can "control ITSELF."

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