Constitutional law scholar and political science professor Corey Brettschneider guides us through the Constitution and explains the powers--and limits--that it places on the presidency. From the document itself and from American history's most famous court cases, we learn why certain powers were granted to the presidency, how the Bill of Rights limits those powers, and what "the people" can do to influence the nation's highest public office--including, if need be, removing the person in it. In these brief yet deeply researched chapters, we meet founding fathers such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, as well as key figures from historic cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and Korematsu v. United States.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction. The oath Section I. The powers of the president. Article II and the limited presidency The bully pulpit The power to execute the laws The power to hire and fire The power to nominate Supreme Court justices The commander-in-chief power Section II. "We the people" and the Bill of Rights. Madison and the creation of the Bill of Rights The First Amendment and free speech The First Amendment and the freedom of religion The Eighth Amendment and the ban on torture The Fourteenth and Fifth Amendments and the guarantee of equal protection of the laws Section III. Checks of the president. How to stop a president The judicial check on a president Federalism The congressional check and impeachment Conclusion.
KF5051 .B74 2018
New York : W.W. Norton & Company,