In our federalist system, who has primary responsibility to ensure the health and safety of a local community during a national emergency? Professor Keith Whittington of Princeton University discusses how states have traditionally exerted their own authority as they see fit, particularly in a time of a health crisis, and how federal courts can monitor whether a state has unduly violated individual rights or interstate commerce.

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