Checks and Balances

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Farm Bill Signing Ceremony
In the wake of congressional action on the farm bill, President Obama traveled to Michigan State University to speak about the $956.4 billion package and signed it into law.
February 7, 2014 : 45 min. 1 sec.

1980 Abscam Scandal
Gregory Wallance on the 1980 Abscam scandal and the conviction of several state and federal government officials, including seven U.S. congressmen, among others, for bribery.
January 24, 2014 : 53 min. 5 sec.

Executive Power and Recess Appointments
Law professors debated the constitutionality of a president's power to make appointments when the Senate is in recess.
January 10, 2014 : 1 hr. 28 min.

Presidential Statement on Filibuster Changes
President Obama made a statement about the vote by Senate Democrats to eliminate filibusters on federal judge nominees and executive-office appointments.
November 21, 2013 : 9 min. 24 sec.

Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Preview
Donald Verrilli and Thomas Goldstein previewed cases on the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2013-2014 term.
September 12, 2013 : 1 hr. 58 min.

Internal Revenue Service Investigation
Michael Beckel talked about the tax-exempt unit of the I.R.S. and revelations that the agency targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
May 18, 2013 : 49 min. 29 sec.

An Insider's View of Congress
Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) discusses the inner workings of Congress, partisanship, and the system of checks and balances.
April 12, 2013 : 1 hr. 6 min.

Congressional Partisanship and Gridlock
AEI resident scholar Norm Ornstein talked about Congress and whether it should be considered the “broken branch.”
March 15, 2013 : 1 hr. 7 min.

Exceptional America
Australian author Nick Adams traveled across the United States to observe American politics and life, and explained why he thought the country was exceptional.
October 20, 2012 : 41 min. 30 sec.

Government Oversight
Danielle Brian talked about government oversight, including the GSA scandal, Congressional accountability, and the role of media in government oversight.
April 22, 2012 : 29 min.
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