Behind the Headlines

  • States Go to Federal Court

    September 20, 2010
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    In response to:

    "Opponents present case against Obama’s health-care law in 20-state lawsuit"
    Washington PostSeptember 14, 2010

    In this rather straight-to-the-point article from the Washington Post, what at first appears to be a recounting of a contemporary legal and legislative course of events in fact evokes concerns and questions that run to the very roots of the nation.

    The argument over the new health-care law raises some substantial questions: What is the relationship between federal and state government; what is the nature of their respective sovereignties; may a state nullify a federal law; what part does legal precedent and historical context have to play in constitutional debate?

    The repercussions of these legal cases will be interesting to see unfold, as will the arguments made for and against the states’ position.

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