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Presidential power is topic, Feb. 16

"The Emancipation Proclamation and the Commander-in-Chief Power: Lessons from the Lincoln Administration for the War on Terror" will be the topic of a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in 104 Computer Science Building.

Michael Stokes Paulsen, the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Law School, will speak as part of the Alpheus T. Mason Lectures in Constitutional Law and Political Thought.

He will discuss broad claims of presidential power, including the domestic surveillance program that President Bush directed the National Security Agency to launch shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He will draw upon Abraham Lincoln's view of presidential war power and its relationship to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Paulsen is a former attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice and a former federal prosecutor. His lecture is presented by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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