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How War Powers Are Abused to Sell Wars Like Hawking Cereal

    War powers are defined in the Constitution’s Article 1, front and center. Today I ask: Should war start because the people want it, or because a few military experts meeting behind closed doors say it’s necessary?     Congress builds and funds the military and has the power to declare war. But, the last time Congress actually declared….Read more

Whose Democracy? The 17th Amendment Changed How Senators Get to Congress

  American citizens are used to heavily contested Senate races, such as the frenzy set off by Judge Roy Moore’s special election in Alabama. Bleating ads on tv, robo-calls to homes, blizzards of mail. Yet in the original Constitution, Senators were selected by state legislatures, not elected by the people. Why was that?   The original Constitution of 1787 included….Read more

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