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    The Michigan State University Debate Team kicked off its 2016-17 season last week, finishing in the top 16 out of 105 teams competing at the Georgia State National College Debate Tournament.

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    Both 2016 presidential hopefuls believe in the primacy of the state over the individual.

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    Dennis Van Tine/UPI/Newscom"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." So wrote H.L. Mencken a century ago. In our form of democracy, though, the people often don't get what they want. But with the election of Donald Trump, that is about to change.

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    HOUSTON – (Jan. 6, 2017) – A range of proposals before the 2017 Texas legislative session would breach Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state, according to a religious studies scholar and Christian theologian at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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    Signing the Constitution of the United States, by Thomas Pritchard Rossiter, was painted in 1878.

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    Washington, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) Past President Sari Feldman presented U.S. Senator Jon Tester (Montana) with the 2017 James Madison Award today during a ceremony streamed live from the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio in Washington, D.C. The award honors organizations or individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions.

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    The Michigan State University debate team finished in the top 16 out of 78 teams competing at the National Debate Tournament held at the University of Kansas over the weekend.

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    Long Island, New York-based photographer Xiomáro first picked up a camera on a trip to Arches National Park in 2006—and he never put it down. A former music industry lawyer, he now documents historic sites and natural landscapes for the National Park Service and other clients. We recently caught up with Xiomáro about his work, and have gathered some photo selections and excerpts from our conversation below.

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    DOVER, Del.—March 30, 2017)—Beginning on April 6 and continuing each Thursday in April 2017, The Old State House, located at 25 The Green in Dover, Del., will present its fourth annual Coffee-Hour Lecture Series which is designed to provide stimulating programming for audiences who have just left work for the day.

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    The Graduate School has presented nine graduate students with its annual Teaching Awards in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers. An additional one-time Service in Teaching Award also was granted this year.

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  • 05/21/17--22:58: Don't Rush to Impeachment
  • There's a reason it's supposed to be hard to remove the president.

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  • 05/24/17--05:10: That Old-Time Civil Religion
  • Yale University PressNever mind the First Amendment; the United States has an official religion after all. It's a civil religion, and the deity's role is to bestow blessings on the state. The "Supreme Architect,""the Almighty Being,""the Infinite Power," and "the Being Who Regulates the Destiny of Nations" are just a few of the sobriquets that Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison gave to the nation's nondenominational guardian spirit.

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    As James Madison famously said, ‘Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives,’ that saying is just as apt today as it was in Madison’s time,” said Andy Sherman, chief of staff of the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Sherman addressed the Rice community and members of the public May 31 at the celebration of Fondren Library’s 50th anniversary of membership in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

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    At the country's founding, there were no walls to stop people from coming ashore and few rules to stop anyone from trying out new ideas.

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    Impeachment talk in the nation's capital rose from a murmur to a dull roar in mid-May, thanks to a week jam-packed with Nixonesque "White House horrors." On Tuesday, May 9, President Donald Trump summarily fired FBI director James Comey; on Thursday, Trump admitted the FBI investigation into "this Russia thing"—attempts to answer questions about his campaign's links with Moscow—was a key reason for the firing; Friday found Trump warning Comey he'd "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations"; and the following Tuesday The New York Times reported the existence of a Comey memo on Trump's efforts to get the FBI director to "let this go." Along the way, Trump may have "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State" while bragging to Russian diplomats about his "great intel," according to The Washington Post.

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    The National Archives celebrates the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with special programs that include an evening panel discussion titled “The New American Constitution” (Sept.

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    In celebration of the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the National Archives presents the first DC public screening of Director-Producer Alexandra Pelosi’s new film The Words That Built America (2017; 50 minutes) on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. Ms. Pelosi will introduce the film. Register to attend the program online.

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