Executive Orders are lawful only when they are grounded in the Constitution or an act of Congress.
Topics of the Day
The twenty-fifth amendment and sedition have been getting a lot of attention after the events of January 6.
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The Unitary Executive debate is long-standing and remains unresolved.
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Dissenters from the Unitary Executive Theory argue that Congress can regulate any presidential powers that are not clearly spelled out in the Constitution – so long as Congress does not obstruct constitutional obligations placed on the presidency.
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Supporters of the unitary executive theory believe presidents may act without Congressional interference.
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The trust-related debates about the presidency from the framer’s time continue to this day.
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Populist or partisan presidents sometimes feel motivated to weaken constitutional constraints.
The Presidency – Quiz 3
Free course on the presidency. One paragraph per day. Which statements about American political parties are true? They have to be pre-approved by the government.They help candidates mobilize and organize…
Winning at All Costs
Countries with weak democracies host political parties willing to do anything to win.
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Presidents can use their connection to the voters to bypass reluctant party leaders.
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Political parties can empower presidents to set their own agendas.
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Free course on the presidency. One paragraph per day. 2.14 Money is power. A president’s political assets can sometimes extend beyond leadership to include money. Under today’s campaign laws, presidential…
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Political parties became more important as state legislatures directed their electors to follow the popular vote in their states.
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Voters and political parties became additional sources of presidential power and accountability.
The Presidency Quiz 2
Test your knowledge.
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The power to pardon creates some overlap in the powers of the presidency and those of the court.
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The Twentieth Amendment largely removed the need for power to convene or adjourn Congress.
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The president was to participate in law-making, with Congress in the lead.
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The framers gave the President limited supervisory power.
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.
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The Constitution is silent on the related presidential power to remove.
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Several framers worried the power of appointment could be abused.
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To faithfully execute the laws of the land, the presidency was assigned executive power that was mostly undefined.
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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.
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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.
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The framers agreed that the President would command the armed forces – with several explicit reservations.