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7. Can Presidents Do Whatever They Want During a National Emergency?

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Throughout U.S. history, presidents have used national emergencies to abuse their power. While the president is the Commander in Chief of the nation, that doesn’t mean his authority is without limits.

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  • Enumerated Powers: A list of things the government is allowed to do 
  • Executive Orders: A rule or order issued by the president to an executive branch of the government and having the force of law.
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