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Reshaping the Supreme Court’s federalism jurisprudence may be one of the central legacies of William Rehnquist’s tenure as chief justice, particularly over the course of the past decade. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Court issued a series of decisions that curtailed the power of Congress to legislate under the commerce clause1 and shielded states from the enforcement of federal mandates.2 These decisions have led many to credit the Rehnquist Court with bringing about a fundamennta shift in the...

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