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Article I 

    Section 8

    • Clause 17
    • To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–And

      • ArtI.S8.C17.1 Power over the Seat of Government
        • ArtI.S8.C17.1.1  Power over the Seat of Government: Historical Background
        • ArtI.S8.C17.1.2  Power over the Seat of Government: Doctrine and Practice