Episode 4: The President, or, The Mouse That Roared

Guests: John Yoo and Victor Davis Hanson
Oct 9, 2012

After last week’s big debate, what else can we discuss?  This episode is all about the presidency — or what’s left of it.  Host Adam Freedman welcomes two of our most esteemed contributors:  Law Talk’s Professor John Yoo (and Berkeley Law) and Professor Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution.  The president still matters, of course, but maybe not as much as the Framers intended.  We ask where does “the buck stop” now that Congress has dispersed executive powers among dozens of beloved “independent administrative agencies.” We explain why the “unitary executive” is not a crazy theory conjured up by Dick Cheney, but is actually the originalist answer to administrative tyranny.  And finally, we cross swords on presidential war powers, with Professor Yoo presenting his robust defense of executive initiative – sending Adam into retreat.  

Adam’s book, The Naked Constitution goes on sale Tuesday, October 9.  Order it here.

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