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On an Inauguration Day installment of Law Talk, Professors Epstein and Yoo are casting one last glance toward the Obama Administration and taking on the big questions around the dawning of the Trump era.
First, the professors react to President Obama’s clemency for Chelsea Manning — and explore why the Founding Fathers gave the president such sweeping pardon powers anyway. Then, they take the long view: how will history remember the Obama years? (Spoiler alert: neither professor is anticipating Abe Lincoln being bumped off the $5 anytime soon).
Then, as we look toward the future: what should the agenda be for Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department? What should President Trump be looking for in a Solicitor General (and what does a Solicitor General do anyways)? Were the salacious BuzzFeed accusations about Trump grounds for a libel case? And how worried should we be about the tension between President Trump and the intelligence community? All that, plus some riffing on early 19th century American politics and a bold prediction of a nuclear exchange in Central America — just another day in the faculty lounge.
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