30 Issues: Presidential Power

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30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Obama's exercise of executive privilege, and what it says about his work as president. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Key Questions

  • Is Obama grabbing power as much as Bush?
  • What powers has Obama chosen not to exercise?

What are your key questions on this topic? Post them below and get the conversation going!


William Howell, professor of political science at the University of Chicago

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Each Friday we'll be following up on one of that week's issues. Got a particular follow-up question from this conversation? Comment below or tweet us. Tweet to @brianlehrer