Does the Constitution limit the power of the federal government during emergencies just as it does under usual circumstances? Professor Keith Whittington of Princeton University explains that the president does not have broad authority over local communities, but both the executive and the legislative branch have roles to play in national emergencies.

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Pandemics & First Principles: Local v. Federal Response to Pandemics

Federalism, COVID-19, and The Administrative State

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A Constitutional Guide to Emergency Powers

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