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Unpopular, Unable, Unfit: America's History Of Removing Presidents

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America's history contains numerous examples of the ways a presidency can end, from impeachment, resignation, or assassination to rejected renomination bids, illness and failed attempts at re-election. 

Why did the founding fathers built limits to executive power into the Constitution? What can the record of past presidential departures and disempowerments teach us about political order in the United States?


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This interview aired on Thursday, February 7, 2019. 

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.