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One of the well-staged photo-ops of President Trump’s signing documents in the Oval Office projects an admiring, and obviously admired, President Andrew Jackson peering over the shoulder of his successor. Inasmuch as history is a powerful teacher and in light of the recently-twittered tensions concerning the operation of the judicial branch of government, it might be well to consider Jackson’s reputed comment about the “so-called” co-equal branch, rendered after an important early case and crisis in 1832.

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