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Volume48
MonthAugust
Year2011
TitleThe Regrettable Clause: United States v. Comstock and the Powers of Congress
Author(s)H. Jefferson Powell
First Page713
AbstractIn this Article, I argue that in Comstock, the Court encountered one of the oldest and most basic constitutional issues about the scope of congressional power--whether there are justiciable limits to the range of legitimate ends Congress may pursue. The Justices, without fully recognizing the fact, were taking sides in an ancient debate, and in doing so, they inadvertently reopened an issue that ought to be deemed long settled.