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Radio Atlantic: State of Emergency

Listen to the legal expert Liza Goitein explain the history (and shocking extent) of presidential emergency powers.

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Last week, President Donald Trump declared a national. What exactly is a national emergency? Why is this one different? And just how far do a president’s emergency powers really go?

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