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“If Mayors Ruled the World”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Unlike certain elected officials in Washington, mayors all over the country actually get stuff done. So maybe we should ask them to do more?

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President: From the Origins of the Word to a Crazy Rabbit Attack

Monday, February 17, 2014

In honor of President's Day, we take two historical looks at the American presidency. First Mark Forsyth looks back at the word's humble origins and traces just how it came to have the heft it has today. The second recounts how a small angry mammal changed the course of history. WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady says that President Jimmy Carter's bizarre encounter with a crazed swimming rabbit on a Georgia lake crystallized an emerging sense that Carter was a man in over his head.

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Can the President Issue More Debt Without Congress?

Monday, October 07, 2013

The standoff over the budget continues in Washington as experts are debating what can be done to avoid a government default. Article I of the Constitution clearly states that only Congress controls the federal purse strings. But some legal experts say the executive does have the power to intervene without Congress. Michael C. Dorf, law professor at Cornell, explains the legal—and not so legal—options the president has before him.

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