March 8th, 2005

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The Joy of Federalism

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/06/books/review/006FOERL.html?pagewanted=print&position=

March 6, 2005
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The Joy of Federalism
By FRANKLIN FOER

Nobody would ever confuse the Massachusetts liberal Barney Frank with the South Carolina conservative Strom Thurmond. But when the tart-tongued Frank appeared on Fox News Sunday last winter, it sounded as if an aide had accidentally slipped him some of Thurmond's talking points from the 1950's, when he was a states'-rights segregationist. ''Should the federal government say no state can make this decision for itself?'' Frank asked. He had ventured onto Fox to assert each state's right to marry gay couples.

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