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        Federalism

        Federalism is one of the most important and innovative concepts in the U.S. Constitution, although the word never appears there.  Federalism is the sharing of power between national and state governments.  In America, the states existed first, and they struggled to create a national government.  The U. S. Constitution is hardwired with the tensions of that struggle, and Americans still debate the proper role of the national government versus the states.

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        Why Have an "Indivisible Union"?

        Yale Professor Akhil Amar gives us a quick background of why founders were interested in creating an "indivisible union" in the first place. Why the "United States" instead of the Articles of the Confederation?

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        Finding Balance

        Historian Rick Beeman discusses the delicate balance between the federal government and state governments that the founders were trying to achieve. Which did the founders believe should have more power?

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        Government Interference

        Steve DeAngelo, director of Harborside Health Center - a medical marijuana dispensary - expresses his beliefs that states should have the power to create and enforce their own laws without interference from the federal government.

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        Big Government

        Humorist P.J. O'Rourke talks about the perils of big government and why the people should be wary of giving leaders at the federal level too much power.

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        Federal Power

        Harvard Professor Jody Freeman explains why she believes it's sometimes necessary to rely on the power of the federal government - especially when it pertains to environmental law and federal efficiency standards.

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