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Philippines Federalism: Public Outreach Needed

Michael Yusingco asserts that more public discussion about the nature of federalism as it might work best in the Philippines is necessary. He warns…

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Education Department Allows Omission of Minority Student Performance in School Plans

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to collect data about the performance of minority students and include such data in school ratings. The law also…

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Comparing Same-Sex Marriage Litigation in the United States and Europe

Brian Soucek compares how the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights have approached same-sex marriage litigation. He contends that by…

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American Federalism

Federal Government Sues California Over Sanctuary Laws

Like some other states, California has passed so-called sanctuary laws that bar state and local officials from sharing information with federal immigration officers. In the…

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American Federalism

States Look Beyond Federal Government for Disaster Assistance

When disaster strikes, states are increasingly turning to one another, rather than the federal government, for needed resources. Read more here.

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American Federalism

Report on the Affordable Care Act

Abbe R. Gluck and Nicole Huberfeld present the results of a five-year study that tracked the details of the Affordable Care Act's federalism-related implementation.…

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American Federalism

States Look at Ways to Shore Up Obamacare

As the Trump administration continues to implement policies aimed at weakening the Affordable Care Act, some states are considering ways to strengthen the law. Read…

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Net Neutrality Round Up

The National Conference of State Legislatures has prepared a brief report on the status of efforts among the states to preserve net neutrality. Read more…

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Analysis of States’ Lawsuit Against Obamacare

Twenty Republican-controlled states have sued to challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that if the mandate portion of the law is…

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The State of Chinese Fiscal Federalism

A 2015 law has set local governments in China on a path to fiscal federalism. The central government is trying several ways to promote…

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American Federalism

Washington Passes Broad Net Neutrality Bill

The legislature of Washington state has passed a bill, expected to be signed by the state's governor, that would put in place sweeping net…

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Disaster Funding in Australia

Nick Sciulli examines the nature of financial accountability following multiple flooding events in Australia. He writes that the state and federal funding arrangements for…

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Puigdemont Drops Bid for Catalonia Presidency

Carles Puigdemont, the self-exiled leader of the Catalan independence movement, has announced that he is abandoning his effort to be reappointed as the region's president.…

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