Discussing Citizens United

Oh campaign finance. The wonderful world. {take a deep breath and continues to pretend it’s super fun!} *I take 2 regular and 1 block day for this. On Friday, I assigned Citizens United v. FEC. They are not writing the DBQ, but using the documents (including Federalist 10) to prepare for a Socratic discussion on […]

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Separation of Church and State

The separation of church and state is not explicitly written in the Constitution. It’s one of the things that drives me insane when I seeĀ  or hear this as an argument. And inevitably, it comes up in class. My favorite response? “Please back that claim using the Constitution as your source.” I say it as […]

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What Happens When A Justice Retires?

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” -Justice Anthony Kennedy, majority opinionĀ Obergefell v. Hodges.   Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement as of July 31. At 81, he has made the decision to step down at the end of July. Kennedy […]

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