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Podcast: Article II and the powers of the President

September 15, 2016 by NCC Staff

 

President Barack Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This week, We the People is proud to launch “The Candidates and the Constitution”—a series of episodes in which we will compare the statements and proposals of the two major presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to the text and history of the Constitution. We begin with Article II, which outlines the qualifications, powers, and duties of the President of the United States.

Also this week, the National Constitution Center celebrates Constitution Day—the civic holiday that commemorates the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. This year’s festivities will be held on Friday, September 16, at which time the Center will unveil its new Interactive Constitution app for iOS and Android. Citizens can download essays about every clause of the Constitution and learn what the leading scholars on both sides agree about, and disagree about, their history and meaning today.

Joining We the People to kick off our special election series are two scholars who contributed essays to the Interactive Constitution.

Michael Ramsey is the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Law Programs at the University of San Diego School of Law.Christopher Schroeder is the Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies, and Co-Director of the Program in Public Law, at Duke University Law School.

This show was engineered by David Stotz and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

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