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1. Identify and describe the constitutional powers of the President. Which of these powers are the most important in your opinion and why? Cite examples of these powers in action. What are the checks on the executive’s powers by the other branches and media investigations? What was the Founders’ vision of the role of the executive (N 4)? How has that “vision” been changed by time and events such as the continuing threats of terrorist attacks and the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan? What role should the President have taken in the COVID-19 “attack”? Is the virus a “reserved power” to the states’ governors for action? How can the President be the”manager of prosperity” now? How did FDR (N26) express his role as a newly-elected president in his time of crisis? 2. In the 21st century are the President’s war powers – use of military force to defend US security and resources, and to attack non-governmental opponents – his most important authority? What are the President’s constitutional “war powers” and how have presidents used them, and expanded their use since the end of WWII (1945)? Lincoln was confronted with a challenge to national unity under the Constitution (N15) and reacted by taking several actions which stretched his executive powers. Truman (N32), LBJ (N38), and GWB (N53) also sought to grow executive authority without using declarations of war (I, 8) . Were these modern presidents successful in using their “inherent” claim of war powers to go around Congress? Consider each action sought in your answer. Has the Supreme Court been successful in checking this expansion of executive power (N 19, 55)? Should Trump use his “war powers” to aid the states in their local battles against COVID-19 and street demonstrations over racism? Why or why not??


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