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Presidential Power

Readings and resources concerning presidential power.

Introduction: Assigned Reading (Class #1, Jan. 6)

Art. II of the U.S. Constitution. Please create a list of various powers that the Constitution grants to the President. 

Elena Kagan, Presidential Administration, 114 Harv. L. Rev. 2245 (2001). Read pp. 2272-2303. The assigned pages cover some of the historical uses of executive power, with a focus on the rise of executive power under Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (The link is to the Harvard Law Review's website.)

Warren Richey, Bush Pushed the Limits of Presidential Power, Christian Sci. Monitor, Jan. 14, 2009. This short piece discusses executive power issues during the Bush presidency. 

Binyamin Appelbaum & Michael D. Shear, Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It, N.Y. Times, Aug. 13, 2016. This short piece discusses executive power under President Obama.

Gene Healy, Do Presidents Have Too Much Power?, Newsweek, Nov. 8, 2016. This short pre-election opinion by a member of the Cato Institute expresses concern for broad executive power under either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Marc Fisher, Donald Trump and the Expanding Power of the Presidency, Wash. Post, July 30, 2016. This piece provides additional pre-election coverage on executive power.

Larry Buchanan et al., How Hard (or Easy) It Will Be for Trump to Fulfill His 100-Day Plan, N.Y. Times, Nov. 21, 2016. Graphic sorts President-Elect Trump's plans into those that don't need Congress to be implemented, those that do, and those that might.