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No, the Supreme Court Won’t Stop a Runaway President

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And sometimes the Court decides that even if a governmental action is or might be fully unconstitutional, there’s simply nothing to be done about it by the justice system. In the end, the Chief Justice decided for the President on the theory that the policy “can reasonably be understood to result from a justification independent of unconstitutional grounds. The Court’s willingness to reject Truman’s argument demonstrated that at least in some cases, the Court was willing to police the limits of presidential power, even where the President claimed a national-security justification.

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