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It's been a busy week for President Trump's pen.

Since taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, Trump has signed more than a dozen executive orders and memorandums in an effort to jump-start his policy agenda and begin to deliver on some of the promises he made during the campaign.

Former President George H.W. Bush has been placed in intensive care for an acute respiratory problem, his spokesman says, and Barbara Bush has been hospitalized "as a precaution."

The former president had breathing problems "stemming from pneumonia," spokesman Jim McGrath says, and was sedated before a procedure to clear his airway. He is in stable condition, McGrath says.

The former first lady was experiencing fatigue and coughing, he says.

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02/14/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is a Presidents Day edition, which looks at how George Washington overcame the almost complete lack of specific powers. The first President had chaired the Constitutional Convention debates, but realized the Presidency would be impotent without a strong Executive branch.  With cunning and guile, Washington ignored Constitutional limits and usurped powers not specifically granted, including the oft used “Executive Privilege” component.

Wilson Sayre

  I don’t remember being told Woodrow Wilson was my great-great-grandfather. It was a fact I grew up with. A picture of my newborn grandfather, the last child ever born in the White House, being gazed at by mighty Woodrow, hung in the staircase of my parents’ home.

Beside it was a Wilson campaign poster from which he looked through his iconic pince-nez glasses and over his long, angular nose at me. But the person I was named after was, in many ways, a mystery.

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05/13/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with law scholar David Orentlicher. He’s the author of TWO PRESIDENTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE:  The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch. In his view, the legislative fights over healthcare, debt ceiling, “fiscal cliff” and budget sequestering show that a bipartisan, shared Presidency would remove incentives to obstruct progress. Should there be another desk