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Michael Maharrey serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, and is the author of three books. His weekly podcast, Thoughts from Maharrey Head, covers a wide range of subjects, but focuses primarily on constitutional issues and political decentralization. "10 Minutes Closer to Freedom!" He also dabbles in electronic music with some goth and jazz influences. You can email Michael at me (at) michaelmaharrey (dot) com
 
A Closer Look™ with Sheila Liaugminas features notable experts, newsmakers, elected officials, scholars and clergy on a variety of current event topics including social and moral issues, politics, and medical bioethics. Sheila and her guests put the news of the day into sharp focus from a uniquely Catholic perspective.
 
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In 1789, both the U.S. Bill of Rights and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen guaranteed American and French citizens the freedom of religion. How has the concept of religious liberty been applied, protected, and interpreted in both countries over the past two centuries? French political scientist Denis Lacorne and law professor…
 
President Joe Biden hits Russia with strict sanctions, expelling diplomats over cyberattack, election interference and "abuses" in Crimea. A senior official says that Biden is seeking a "stable and predictable" relationship with Russia. The United States has now formally blamed Russia for massive solarwinds cyberattack as Biden imposes strict new s…
 
Recently, the Supreme Court seemingly put an end to the legal battle over whether President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking people on Twitter by instructing the lower court to declare the case moot. Justice Thomas authored a separate concurring opinion that expanded on the language of the Court’s decision to discuss the power of soci…
 
Officer who shot Daunte Wright arrested, charged with 2nd degree manslaughter; 3100+ national guard troops activated in Twin Cities area this week; Wright family lawyer: "This was no accident This an intenional deliberate, and unlawful use of force; Curfew extended in Brooklyn City, MN as city braces for 4th night of unrest. To learn more about how…
 
In 1791, James Madison gave two major speeches on the National Bank, opposing it primarily on grounds that it wasn’t a power expressly delegated in the Constitution. He also rejected claims that used the general welfare and necessary and proper clauses, along with the power to borrow money, and the preamble. Path to Liberty: April 14, 2021 Subscrib…
 
Officer who fatally shot unarmed man resigned along with police chief; Use of force experts testifies Chauvin's actions in Floyd arrest were "justified as defense begins case; United States calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine over blood clotting concerning, CD advisory panel to hold emergency meeting tomorrow; Daunte Wright's grieving fami…
 
Police: Officer shouted "taser," but fired gun instead fatally shooting Daunte Wright during a routine traffic stop. Not far from the site of the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, the prosecution wraps its case in the Chauvin murder trial. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy…
 
We hear them all the time – from the left and right – and even some libertarians too. On this episode, learn the most common excuses for rejecting or just avoiding nullification, all based on fear. Plus, some timeless responses from Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Adams and James Otis, Jr. Path to Liberty: April 12, 2021 Subscribe: Apple | Spo…
 
Medical examiner stands by ruling that Floyd’s death was a homicide, says heart disease, drug use played a role, but weren’t direct cause. Soon: Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks to GOP group as house opens investigation of sexual misconduct allegations. CDC warns Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations rising, especially among young people, while deaths going do…
 
More important every day, the “foundation of the Constitution” is how Thomas Jefferson described the 10th Amendment. A quick overview of what it is and why it exists, plus the top-10 quotes from leading founders on the Tenth – and the essential principles behind it. Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: April 9, 2021 Subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Po…
 
Expert: Lack Of Oxygen Killed Floyd, Not Drugs Or Bad Health Expert: Chauvin kept knee on Floyd's neck 3+ minutes after the last breath. Expert: A healthy person who was subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died. GOP Rep. Gaetz in potential peril as his associate is likely to strike a plea deal in sex trafficking probe. Sen. Joe …
 
This week we dive into the fascinating history of global constitutionalism and declarations of independence. Linda Colley of Princeton University, author of the new book The Gun, The Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World, and David Armitage of Harvard University author of The Declaration of Independence: A Gl…
 
New testimony echoes multiple police witnesses who say Derek Chauvin used excessive force on George Floyd.Use-of-force expert: Floyd "did not" pose immediate threat to police or bystander during restraint, didn't make threats. It is unclear what George Floyd said to the police about drugs while being detained. Biden pushing hard for infrastructure …
 
John Taylor of Caroline’s Tyranny Unmasked explains in plain, but passionate language the dangers of centralized power, with a focus on government interference in commerce, along with taxation, parties and even so-called “national defence.” Written in 1822, it’s an essential – but ignored – polemic against the tyranny of powerful, centralized gover…
 
Prosecution builds case that Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck violated policy in new testimony by police officials, expert; Police use-of-force instructor: Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck not an authorized restraint;Biden moves up vaccine eligibility for all adults to April 19 as California set to fully reopen in June amid falling case;Medical experts…
 
Dorothy Wickenden, executive editor at The New Yorker and author of the new book The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights, and Thavolia Glymph, Duke University historian and author of the book The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation, discuss the early days of the abolition movement an…
 
ER doctor who tried to save Floyd's life says a lack of oxygen was likely the cause of his death. Defense argues drug use could have led to lack of oxygen cited as the likely cause of Floyd's death. Biden vows to push infrastructure plan "as hard as I can" as Democrats remain split and Republicans attack. To learn more about how CNN protects listen…
 
Of all the compromises which produced the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, the Three-Fifths Compromise is probably considered the most controversial today. But in order to understand what it actually was all about, it’s important to set aside preconceived notions and look at the history behind it – going back more than a decade …
 
With a natural rights foundation – along with warnings about consolidation and people with power – in his 2nd of 16 essays during the debates over ratification of the Constitution, Antifederalist Brutus made a powerful case for decentralization and a Bill of Rights. Path to Liberty: April 3, 2021 Subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Podbean | Google | Stit…
 
Former Police Supervisor Testifies About Chauvin's Use of Force. Paramedics testify about treating George Floyd: "I thought he was dead," he was "unresponsive". New Chauvin audio played at trial, says he had to hold George Floyd down because "he was going crazy". Sources: Feds investigating if Representative Matt Gaetz's (FL) involvement with young…
 
In the midst of March Madness, the Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in NCAA v. Alston. The case is an antitrust challenge to the NCAA’s rules on compensation for athletes, brought by college basketball and football players including Shawne Alston, a former West Virginia University running back who argues that college athletes are being ex…
 
Biden unveils $2.2 trillion Infrastructure and jobs plan, aims to rebuild roads, bridges, school and reshape economy. Biden seeks corporate tax rate hike from 21% to 28% to pay for it. GOP's McConnell signals opposition to Biden infrastructure plan due to "massive tax increase," impact on United States debt. Day three of testimony in trail of ex-of…
 
To the Founding generation, Trial by Jury was considered an indispensable tool against the power of government. Although supporters of the monster state today want juries to only judge the facts of the case before them, they actually have a duty to consider not just the facts, but the law itself. Path to Liberty: March 31, 2021 Subscribe: Apple | S…
 
Dramatic testimony in trial of ex-officer charged in George Floyd’s death: “I believe I witnessed a murder”; Witnesses: Chauvin seemed to kneel harder on Floyd as onlookers protested; Defense says crowd distracted officers; Firefighter: Police wouldn’t let me check on George Floyd’s condition; Witness: George Floyd was “in very much danger,”; Judge…
 
This week, back in 1973, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam, and America’s eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War ended. In 2019, the National Constitution Center hosted a program featuring activist Kim Phúc Phan Thi, and we’re sharing that conversation from our archives this week. When she was nine years old, Phuc was severely inju…
 
Prosecution, defense offer competing causes of George Floyd's death. Prosecutor: Ex-officer Derek Chauvin "betrayed" his badge, used excessive and unreasonable force on George Floyd. Dispatcher: Called sergeant while watching video of Floyd arrest; felt "something wasn't right," was "voicing my concerns". Biden warns war against COVID-19 "far from …
 
ATF officials met with manufacturers last week to discuss “issues of mutual concern.” That is, new legislation or executive action directed at “ghost guns.” They want more unconstitutional federal regulations. But even if they’re able to get it on the books, with tools, parts and 3D printing providing more ease of access for the general public, it’…
 
Many state legislators who claim to support the 2nd Amendment have a bad foundation on the right to keep and bear arms – and a bad foundation on the Constitution as a whole. So, you shouldn’t be surprised when their proposals do nothing to protect liberty – or even make things worse. Path to Liberty: March 27, 2021 Subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Podb…
 
President Joe Biden says that the Justice Department is looking at the new Georgia Law that restricts voting. Biden slams the new Georgia law, saying that it is a "blatant attack" on the constitution and "Jim Crow in the 21st century" that "must end." Civil Rights groups are now suing over the sweeping limits on Georgia voter access. The law includ…
 
Biden sets new vaccine goal of 200 million shots in first 100 days. Biden says action on gun control is a matter of timing, but fails to explain what he’ll do. Biden: “put all my focus” on Covid and economic crisis ahead of long-term problems like guns and immigration. Reports of multiple deaths after a tornado in Alabama. Boulder shooting suspect …
 
On March 23, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid. Broadly, the case pits the rights of unions to communicate with workers who work and largely live on site versus the rights of business owners to keep people off of their private property. More specifically, the case asks whether California’s Agricultural Labor Re…
 
Source: Investigators trying to determine suspect’s connection to grocery store location. Biden assigns Harris to lead diplomatic efforts to stem migrant surge at the southern border. Police officer killed in Boulder massacre honored with procession. Senate Republicans and Democrat Joe Manchin resisting Biden’s push for expanded gun background chec…
 
Little more than a dystopian pre-crime government credit score, predictive policing started out as a military intelligence application and is being deployed in more and more cities. But a handful have said no – with 4 banning its use. Will more follow soon? Path to Liberty: March 24, 2021 Subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Podbean | Google | Stitcher | T…
 
Biden: “We have to act” on gun control, urges ban on assault weapons and expanded background checks after mass shooting; Biden: “We have to act” on gun control, urges ban on assault weapons and expanded background checks after mass shootings;U.S. Health officials raise concerns about Astrazeneca vaccine data that may be “outdated”; North Korea laun…
 
Last week, experts joined NCC President Jeffrey Rosen to consider how we can foster compromise under the Constitution and in American politics today. They also explored prominent issues in the news including whether or not to end the filibuster; if Congress might benefit from less, not more, transparency; and how to incentivize legislators to work …
 
CDC chief warns against variants, could spark "another avoidable surge" as Miami extends curfews to control spring break crowds, Families of Atlanta shooting victims call for justice as police still investigating motive, potential hate crime To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy…
 
Often funded by federal grant programs and even operated out of federally-designated fusion centers, “predictive policing” software is showing up in more and more local law enforcement agencies. Learn what it is and how it’s used. In practice, it’s little more than a dystopian pre-crime government credit score. Path to Liberty: March 22, 2021 Subsc…
 
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