Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Expecting any President to handle ISIS is a dangerous proposition         

November 17, 2015 By Chris Edelson

In this commentary, American University's Chris Edeldson says it would be a mistake to make decisions about ISIS based on fear, including the decision that any one President can or should take on this problem single-handedly.

We must question the 2016 candidates on presidential power

May 8, 2015 By Chris Edelson

In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University says the definition of executive powers within the Constitution must be addressed during the 2016 campaign process.

Zivotofsky and the integrity of the Supreme Court

November 21, 2014 By Chris Edelson

In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University argues that the Supreme Court has a chance in its upcoming Zivotofsky v. Kerry decision to correct a precedent it set in 1936 about presidential powers.

On ISIL, Congress must act

September 15, 2014 By Chris Edelson

In this commentary, Chris Edelson of the American University School of Public Affairs says President Obama must seek congressional approval for strikes against the Islamic State.

Obama's swap for Bergdahl: A presidential power play?

June 11, 2014 By Chris Edelson

In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University explains why President Obama is apparently relying on a signing statement to justify the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap - a tactic that candidate Obama opposed back in 2007.

Obama And The Risk Of Unchecked Presidential Power

March 6, 2014 By Chris Edelson

In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University says President Obama still has a chance to deliver on his promise to restore the rule of law. But he needs to make clear what legal justifications are relied on for unilateral actions ranging from the minimum wage hike to targeted killing.

Emergency presidential power: From the drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror

January 22, 2014 By Chris Edelson

Chris Edelson from American University’s School of Public Affairs looks at the history of emergency presidential power from the drafting of the Constitution until today's war on terror.

Lincoln’s comments from 1861 relevant to today’s government shutdown

October 1, 2013 By Chris Edelson

In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University says Abraham Lincoln’s message to Congress in 1861 about accepting election outcomes is still relevant today.

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