President Donald Trump has recently asserted his "complete power to pardon." Frank and David look at the origin and history of the president pardon power, including:

  • George Washington's pardon of the Whiskey Rebels
  • Lincoln's pardon of Copperhead Clement Vallandigham
  • Andrew Johnson's generous use of the pardon for former Confederates during Reconstruction
  • Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon

Last Drops

Frank: SHEAR conference in Philadelphia, including a controversal tweet about yellow fever, and Pod Save America

David: Manisha Sinha's prize at SHEAR for The Slave's Cause and This American Life episode "Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville"

 

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