What forms of government provide freedom?
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Answer of the Week
Why should we care about rights?
The Presidency 27
Voters and political parties became additional sources of presidential power and accountability.
The Presidency Quiz 2
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The power to pardon creates some overlap in the powers of the presidency and those of the court.
The Presidency 25
The Twentieth Amendment largely removed the need for power to convene or adjourn Congress.
The Presidency 24
The president was to participate in law-making, with Congress in the lead.
The Presidency – Quiz 1
Test your knowledge against these five questions!
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The Written Opinion Clause appears to limit the President in several ways.
The Presidency 21
The Constitution is silent on the related presidential power to remove.
The Presidency 20
Several framers worried the power of appointment could be abused.
The Presidency 19
To faithfully execute the laws of the land, the presidency was assigned executive power that was mostly undefined.
The Presidency 18
Faithfully executing the laws of the land is one of the most important obligations of the presidency.
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The framers feared that a president could be seduced by a foreign power to harm the country.
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The framers feared a president could be seduced by a foreign power.
The Presidency 15
The President’s war powers were quite constrained.
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The President would be fully empowered to act in defense of the nation.
The Presidency 13
The framers agreed that the President would command the armed forces – with several explicit reservations.
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The President was to have five main responsibilities.
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