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The Enormous Powers of the President
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The Enormous Powers of the President

"Presidential integrity depends on character and norms."

Co-authors Jack Goldsmith and Bob Bauer join the podcast to discuss their book, After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency, and the need to reform presidential power. But first, a protest and a dinner party at a Berkeley Law School dean’s house. Did the location qualify as a public forum? Sarah and David evaluate.

The Agenda:
—Dean of Berkeley Law School and a Palestinian Protest: 1A protection?
—How to go about civil disobedience
Reforming the Insurrection Act
—The need for bipartisan support in reforming presidential powers
—Did Donald Trump abuse the pardon power as president?
Special counsels and the fear of rigging prosecutions

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Sarah Isgur is a senior editor at The Dispatch and is based in northern Virginia. Prior to joining the company in 2019, she had worked in every branch of the federal government and on three presidential campaigns. When Sarah is not hosting podcasts or writing newsletters, she’s probably sending uplifting stories about spiders to Jonah, who only pretends to love all animals.

David French is a columnist for the New York Times. He’s a former senior editor of The Dispatch. He’s the author most recently of Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.