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The history, use and limits of the US President's executive authority

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major Counties Sheriffs Association to discuss the Administration's plans to reduce gun violence in America at the White House January 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama called on Congress to act on passing laws that restrict access to assault weapons. Pool/Getty Images

Since the birth of the American nation, Presidents have used their executive authority to put in place policies they've promoted. But the use of the executive order is often controversial, especially when it appears the President is usurping the powers of the Congress.

Here to explain the history, use, and limits of executive authority is Allan Lichtman, presidential historian and professor of history at American Univerisity. 

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