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"Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror"

Chris Edelson

About the Program

Chris Edelson talks about the use of executive power during times of crisis going back to President George Washington.  Prof. Edelson argues that there is no clear cut way to determine whether a president is abusing his power and says that the final decision needs to be made by Congress, the courts, and voters.  For this event hosted by the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Chris Edelson is joined by Louis Fisher of the Constitution Project, who wrote the foreword to the book.   

About the Authors

Chris Edelson

Chris Edelson is an assistant professor of government at American University.  He previously practiced law in the District of Columbia and New York and served as state legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign.  For more, visit: chrisedelson.com. 


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"Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror"

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  • Sunday, March 2nd at 4:15am (ET)
  • Saturday, February 15th at 8am (ET)
  • Sunday, February 9th at 6:45pm (ET)
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