– The plot is always the same. The president sends Congress his list of legislative priorities. The divided Congress receiving the list laughs when they open it, and then throws the document in the shredder. Nothing gets done. Suddenly, the president remembers the Constitution. Article II, specifically. Every president since George Washington has interpreted the document to allow executive orders, seeing in the phrase, “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” a whole world of political possibilities.


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