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Archive for October, 2009

Video: One Hour with Calderon

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Mexican president Felipe Calderon speaks about his administration’s progress against drugs and organized crime, saying that his government has captured over 22,000 criminals and seized over “one billion personal doses” of drugs over the past year, his first of six in office. He also added that Mexico has re-planted 600,000 acres of forest in the past year, starting to reverse a national trend of de-forestation.

Calderon called illegal immigration from Mexico to the US a “textbook example” of a country with surplus capital needing a country with surplus labor. He expressed his support for more integrated North American markets, saying that “closing the border is a very, very big mistake.”

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Video: Laurence Tribe

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Laurence Tribe discusses the evolution of how we interpret our country’s most important document. The renowned legal scholar argues that between the lines of our parchment Constitution, there is an “invisible Constitution.” Tribe purports that some of our most cherished and widely held beliefs about our constitutional rights are not even included in the written document. How does this “invisible Constitution” impact the central constitutional debates of our time from gun control to abortion to wire-tapping? How has this framework for reading the Constitution evolved, and how does it work?

Watch it. 85 minutes