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We are a radio show about interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law produced in partnership with the Home of the Constitution, James Madison's Montpelier. We broadcast each Sunday at 3:00 PM on WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee and at 7:00 PM on WVTF's RADIO IQ Network throughout Central and Southwest Virginia. Our website is http://center.montpelier.org/ywc. You can also follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/YourWeekly. And, of course, we have a Facebook page: http://facebook.com/Your.Weekly.Constitutional. Thanks for listening.

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We are a radio show about interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law produced in partnership with the Home of the Constitution, James Madison's Montpelier. We broadcast each Sunday at 3:00 PM on WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee and at 7:00 PM on WVTF's RADIO IQ Network throughout Central and Southwest Virginia. Our website is http://center.montpelier.org/ywc. You can also follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/YourWeekly. And, of course, we have a Facebook page: http://facebook.com/Your.Weekly.Constitutional. Thanks for listening.

    Why Impeach Donald Trump?

    Why Impeach Donald Trump?

    Donald Trump often claims that some folks have been trying to impeach him since the day he was sworn in. He's right.

    Stewart speaks with one of those folks, Ron Fein, of Free Speech for People. Ron's organization has gone beyond calling for Trump's removal from office--it has actually drafted six different Articles of Impeachment.

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    The Ethically-Constrained President

    The Ethically-Constrained President

    No, not our current president. Another one, perhaps the greatest in our history: Abraham Lincoln.

    Lincoln was anti-slavery, but he didn’t believe that the Constitution gave him the power to ban slavery where it existed. And Lincoln believed in the rule of law. But, eventually, of course, things changed.

    Daniel Stowell, the former Editor of the Lincoln Papers, was the 2019 McMurtry Lecturer at Lincoln Memorial University. Daniel tells Stewart about Lincoln’s ethical dilemma and how he resolved it.

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    Impeachment in Context

    Impeachment in Context

    The air is, once again, heavy with talk of impeachment. It’s happened three times before (if you count Richard Nixon’s resignation, which you should).

    Stewart talks with his buddy Russell Riley from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where the talk is almost always about presidents, and, sometimes, about impeaching them.

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    Virginia in the Vanguard

    Virginia in the Vanguard

    Recently, Stewart attended a conference at Montpelier focused upon the essential role that Virginia has played in establishing and maintaining representative democracy in North America and the pivotal year of 1619.

    Jon Alger, the President of James Madison University, also attended. The two of them discuss what they learned, and what they and many others are doing to extend Virginia's legacy.

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    Fighting White Supremacy

    Fighting White Supremacy

    “Domestic terrorism” has been in the news a lot lately. Many of the mass shootings we’ve recently experienced seem to have been motivated, at least in part, by white supremacist ideology, perhaps with the intent to provoke widespread terror. This has prompted at least one proposal in Congress to create a domestic terrorism statute mirroring laws already in place to fight international terrorism.

    Doug McKechnie, our First Amendment Guy, discusses some of the constitutional issues such a statute would create, including not only concerns about free speech and association, but also about wiretaps and other forms of government surveillance.

    And, anyway, are such laws even necessary? Aren’t there already statutes on the books that criminalize murder, assault, damage to property, and conspiracy? Is this a road we want to go down?

    • 52 min
    Tariff Man!

    Tariff Man!

    Donald Trump calls himself Tariff Man, and he certainly seems to enjoy waging his trade wars. Has he exceeded his constitutional authority? What, precisely, is a tariff, anyway? And who has the power to impose them?

    Joel Trachtman of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University shares his expertise with Stewart, and, boy, does Joel know a lot about law, economics, and, well, tariffs.

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