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West Virginia Democrat Suggests Turning off Power to Feds?

In federal elections, campaign ads from candidates of all political stripes have a tendency to be boisterous and full of big promises.  When a president’s popularity is high in a midterm election, people of the same party will boast of their association with him, while people of the other major party highlight their willingness to “reach across the aisle.”  When those same approval numbers are low, the opposition will strike, and fellow party members rush to paint themselves as different from the chief executive, so in some ways, the new campaign ad from West Virginia Secretary of State and US Senate candidate Natalie Tennant is nothing new.

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Imperial Presidential Action

Throughout American history, presidents have abused and used a power not delegated to them to create and pass “laws” through executive orders. Historically speaking, executive orders were meant only tell departments, under the president, how to execute or enforce laws. Now executive orders are used as a way to bypass Congress.

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The Meaning of “Natural Born”: What if Blackstone Was Wrong?

In thinking about the phrase “natural born Citizen” in the Constitution’s eligibility clause, I have assumed (1) that it follows from the English law phrase “natural born subject” and (2) that “natural born subject” at minimum meant anyone born within sovereign territory (apart from children of invaders and diplomats).  The latter point seems clear from Blackstone, who says as much, quite clearly. 

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