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Gene Healy

Gene Healy

VP, Cato Institute & Author, The Cult of the Presidency

Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute. His research interests include executive power and the role of the presidency, as well as federalism and overcriminalization. He is the author of False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency (2012) and The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (2008) and editor of Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything (2004). Healy has appeared on PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and his work has been published in Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Legal Times, and elsewhere. Healy holds a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

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“I have the authority to address the threat,” Obama maintained, with or without new authorization from Congress. Where does the president suppose that authority lies?

Friday, September 12, 2014

If we’ve learned anything from the history of past AUMFs (an open question), it’s that presidents will push the authority they’re given as far as language will allow—and possibly further.

Monday, February 16, 2015

We should recall James Madison’s warning that ‘No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.’

Friday, October 10, 2014

In the 21st century, “continual warfare” is fast becoming the post-constitutional norm.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969