The President’s War Powers

Monday February 21 is President’s Day.  What are the president’s war powers?  You can find out in our free course on the presidency. Conservative and liberal experts have reviewed it and helped us bring you a high-quality product.  The course covers many different topics. A description by topic appears below. Enjoy! 

Trust & The Presidency: Part 1 of 7

  • How did the framer’s trust and distrust shape their views on the presidency?
  • What does the Constitution say about what presidents must and must not do?

Trust & The Presidency: Part 2 of 7

  • How did the formation of political parties and changes in the way states instructed their electors at the Electoral College affect the presidency?
  • What are the implications for presidential power, partisanship, and accountability?

Trust & The Presidency: Part 3 of 7

  • The president’s powers for war-making, treaty-making, and supervising the federal bureaucracy deepened over time. What were the changes and what are the consequences?

Trust & The Presidency: Part 4 of 7

  • Delegation of powers. What budgetary, regulatory, and emergency powers did Congress delegate to the presidency?

Trust & The Presidency: Part 5 of 7

  • Implied constitutional powers, including the ability to issue executive orders and use discretion in which laws to enforce and how.

Trust & The Presidency: Part 6 of 7

Trust & The Presidency: Part 7 of 7

  • Two things we can do to make the Executive Branch serve us well. One is about keeping the republic. The other is about getting good results.

Image: Franklin D. Roosevelt. He led the U.S.A. into the Second World War following the attack on Pearl Harbor and a Declaration of War by Congress, December 8, 1941. After Germany declared war on the U.S.A. just three days later, Congress immediately also declared on Germany.

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