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BEWARE THE TEMPTATIONS OF EVER-EXPANDING EXECUTIVE POWERS

The arc of a presidency is hard to predict. In December 2000, historian Michael Beschloss proclaimed that the election of George W. Bush “marks the end of what the great historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. once called the ‘imperial presidency.’ ” Then came the 9/11 attacks, and Bush’s transformation from a modest executive as Texas governor with no foreign policy experience into a prerogative-wielding war President. Barack Obama

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