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The average American probably overestimates the president's power. Whenever things go wrong, or right, with the country, the man or woman in the street tends to blame, or credit, the president. But by the same token people tend to underestimate the president's role in lawmaking. If a law is unpopular, Congress takes the heat. Often overlooked is the fact that no bill passed by Congress becomes law unless the president signs it or, under special circumstances, allows it to become law without a signature.  more...


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