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Which of the following is not a power of the president?

a. Establishing and collecting taxes
b. Serving as commander in chief of the armed forces
c. Making treaties
d. Receiving ambassadors

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2681, The President As Leader in Foreign Policy
The president has a number of important powers, but the president's powers are limited in important ways.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2680, Franklin D. Roosevelt
Find out why Franklin D. Roosevelt was arguably the most influential president of the 20th century.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2679, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Wilson
Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Wilson each contributed to the growth of presidential power.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2678, Jefferson and the Use of Presidential Power
Thomas Jefferson sought to be a model of republican simplicity.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2677, The Rise of Presidential Power
Some scholars trace the rise of the powerful modern presidency to Andrew Jackson.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2676, A Strong President, But Not Too Strong
The Framers of the Constitution wanted the president to be strong, but not too strong.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2675, Above Partisan Politics
The Framers of the Constitution expected presidents to be above partisan bickering. It didn't work out that way.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2674, A President's Inherent Powers
Today: some controversial inherent powers of presidents.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2673, Presidential Power and the Courts
Today we learn about Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson's opinion in Youngstown Sheet vs. Sawyer.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2672, Presidential powers
Learn about some of the president's powers on today's 60-Second Civics.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2671, Examples of impeachment
Seventeen national officers have been impeached since 1792.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2670, Impeachment
Any member of the House can initiate impeachment proceedings, but two-thirds of the Senate is required for removal from office.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2669, Investigations and the balance of power
Congress uses its powers of investigation most frequently when the majority are of a different party than the president.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2668, The power to investigate
Congress has conducted hundreds of investigations since 1792.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2667, The authority of Congress to conduct investigations
Even though it's not mentioned in the Constitution, Congress has the authority to carry out investigations.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2666, Lobbying
Is lobbying dangerous for democracy? Learn about lobbying on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2665, The role of constituents
Constituents play a vital role in American government.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2664, The executive branch as a source for laws
The president has the constitutional authority to recommend measures for congressional consideration.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2663, Ideas for legislation
There is no shortage of sources of ideas for legislation available to members of Congress.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2662, Congress and individual rights
Today we learn about the role of Congress in protecting individual rights.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2661, Lawmaking, Part 5: Persistence and compromise
Lawmaking requires compromise.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2660, Lawmaking, Part 4: Conference committees and the veto
What happens when the House and Senate versions differ? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2659, Lawmaking, Part 3: The committee vote
What happens when a bill is passed by one chamber of Congress? Find out on today's episode.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2658, Lawmaking, Part 2: Mark-up sessions
How do congressional committees work? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2657, Lawmaking, Part 1: Introducing a bill
Today we begin a brief series on how laws are made.