Presidential Approval

Expansion of Presidential Powers

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"Obama is doing many of the same dangerous things that Bush did," says Chris Edelson, assistant professor at American University, referencing what he considers President Obama's broad interpretation of executive power.

Edelson recently sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss the growth of presidential powers, how presidents use national security threats to seize more control, why Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus differs from current claims of executive authority, and if it is even possible to keep the executive branch in check.