Presidents aren't saints. They aren't monarchs. They aren't celebrities. And they aren't your friends.
If the refusal of lawmakers to enact a president's policies is justification for unilateral executive action, then a slide toward elective monarchy is inevitable.
Partisans who abandon constitutional principles because they prove inconvenient are in for a rude surprise when the other team wins.
In a Thursday afternoon announcement, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) said Trump committed "an act of sedition" by inciting a riot on Wednesday afternoon.
That’s a rare position for modern White House residents, and not necessarily a popular one with the public.
President Trump pardoned a turkey and an agent of Turkey. Will he give himself a lame duck pardon next?
If Trump isn’t interested, maybe the Biden administration could get started with a few acts of mercy.
If only that signaled a broader respect for legal limits on executive power.
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Both major parties defend the Constitution only when it's convenient.
Will his blunt self-aggrandizement reinvigorate concerns about presidents who exceed their powers?
There was a potentially pivotal exchange in today's Supreme Court oral argument over the House subpoenas seeking the President's financial records.
The president has a history of asserting powers he does not actually have.
Republicans might rue that mistake when Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders inherits Trump's beefed-up trade authority.
"Somehow we've decided that the one job in America that gets the most job protection is the one where you actually get nuclear weapons," says the Cato Institute's Gene Healy.
Just like their counterparts in the Democratic Party do!
If, at the end of all this, President Mike Pence sits behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office, what has been accomplished?
In making the case against the House impeachment inquiry, the White House counsel relies upon a repudiated district court opinion that doesn't even support its argument.
The senator and the president she wants to unseat are determined to have their way, regardless of what the law says.
The libertarian legal analyst says Trump, like his White House predecessors, has abused executive power in all sorts of ways.
The Fox News legal analyst says the president is abusing executive power.
From the moment he started his improbable run for higher office, Donald Trump has stripped bare all pretensions that politics is about more than "winning."
The story of how classical liberal Justice George Sutherland enabled executive overreach abroad.
The Donald is more like The Gipper on trade policy than you think. And not in a good way.
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The heart of the potential for conflicts of interests is not the Trump business empire. It's the presidential power to steer benefits to particular interests.
The nation's father warned against "hyper-partisanship, excessive debt and foreign wars" in 1796. Why aren't we paying attention, asks John Avlon.
Obama's power grabs are now Trump's precedents.
Where were Democrats when Obama was going power-mad? Egging him on, mostly.
The president warns president-elect against following in his path.
Same song, different strongman