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[Ilya Somin] The Unknown History of State Constitutional Prohibitions on Government Actions that "Damage" Property without Compensation

Many state constitutions require the government to pay compensation when it acts in ways that "damage" private property. An important new article by legal scholar Maureen Brady reveals the previously ignored history of these provisions, and the lessons that can … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] Federal Court Rules Against Trump Administration on Most Issues in California "Sanctuary State" Case

In a decision issued earlier today, Federal District Judge John Mendez ruled against the Trump administration on most, but not all, of the issues at stake in the federal government's high-profile lawsuit against California's "sanctuary state" laws. The administration is … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] Should California be Broken Up?

A movement led by tech billionaire Tim Draper has succeeded in getting a plan to partition California into three states onto the state's referendum ballot this fall. If the initiative (text available here) passes, it would still have to be … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] The Case Against Deporting Immigrants Convicted of Crimes

Donald Trump recently described at least some immigrants as "animals" who must be deported. There has been much controversy over whether Trump meant to condemn undocumented immigrants generally, or just those who are members of the MS-13 gang. But few … Continue reading

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[Ilya Somin] Originalism, Living Constitutionalism, and the Power to Initiate War

In a recent post at the Originalism Blog, prominent originalist legal scholar Michael Ramsey notes the phenomenon of nonoriginalists like Sen. Bernie Sanders claiming that Trump's recent air strike on Syria requires congressional authorization. In Ramsey's view, this conclusion is … Continue reading

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