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There were certainly questions about presidential power during Barack Obama's presidency, especially when it came to Obamacare and his executive actions on gun control. But those questions have reached a fever pitch under President Donald Trump, as he has attempted to remake the presidency in his own image.

So what are the limits on the president's power, if any?

Before the obscenity standard of 'know it when you see it' came to be, simple four letter words could have been considered obscene and illegal. In those days, courts placed more emphasis on whether or not something that was allegedly obscene contained any "redeeming social importance."

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the co-founders of City Lights Bookstore and the publisher of "Howl" by Alan Ginsberg, played a big role in fighting for the First Amendment rights of authors, publishers, and the public. While Ferlinghetti was on trial for selling obscenity at his bookstore (he sold a copy of "Howl" to a cop), his fight would pave the way for San Francisco's future.

For White House staffers and even high level officials, there are strict ethical standards that are supposed to be followed. In fact, some of those ethical standards are codified in criminal laws. Among the most well known type of ethics crime occurs when an official accepts a bribe.

Generally, the ethics rules seek to prevent government officials and employees from making decisions that they have a personal or financial stake in. This breaks out into two topics: conflicts of interest and personal financial interests. Not surprisingly though, the rules do contain enough leeway, and the executive branch is vested with enough power, that even clear conflicts can sometimes fly under the radar. Additionally, using a public office to garner publicity for private industry, such as by making an endorsement, even if no money is exchanged, is prohibited.

Criminal prosecutors are generally assigned by jurisdiction -- county, state, and federal. The U.S. Attorney General is the nation's top prosecutor. But newly-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has found himself in a bit of a political and legal bind.

It was revealed this week that Sessions had two meetings with the Russian ambassador last year, but when asked about such contact during his confirmation hearings, Sessions said under oath, "I did not have communications with the Russians." Amid calls for an investigation into President Trump's administration and the Russian government, Sessions announced yesterday he has recused himself from that investigation, leaving the door open for the appointment of a special prosecutor. So what are special prosecutors, and what's next for the Trump/Russia investigation?

Can Trump Cancel the Iran Deal?

In 2015, the United States and Iran negotiated a historic deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program in return for a rollback on international economic sanctions. But, like many other Obama-era policies, President Trump has indicated his displeasure with the deal, declaring Iran "should write us a letter of thank you" for "the stupidest deal of all time."

This would seem to be a clear indication that Trump would want the U.S. to back out of the Iran deal, but is that even possible at this point?

What Is Freedom of the Press?

The First Amendment states plainly that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." But without more details, that leaves a lot of scenarios unaccounted for. Does the press have unfettered access to anywhere or anyone? How do we define who "the press" is? And can they say whatever they want?

Many of these questions are being asked today, as the Trump Administration barred reporters from the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico from the West Wing for the scheduled briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer.

Contrary to certain internet rumors, President Donald Trump hasn't altered the U.S. Constitution. Yet. But could he if he wanted to?

Trump has proposed constitutional amendments in the past and it's no secret that there are provisions in our nation's founding documents with which our new president disagrees. So the question with President Trump is not so much whether he would like to change the Constitution, but whether he can.

Late last night, President Donald Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch has never been shy about his admiration for the late Justice Antonin Scalia (he called him a "lion of the law" during Trump's announcement last night), so perhaps it's appropriate that, if confirmed, he will fill Scalia's empty chair.

The "if confirmed" part is actually a big if, as Senate Democrats are gearing up for a battle over Gorsuch's confirmation. So what happens next on Capitol Hill, and what might happen next on the Court?

It was a busy first week for President Trump. In its first seven days, the new administration issued 17 executive orders, memoranda, and proclamations, taking action on issues from public schools and pipelines to immigration and national security.

So what do all these presidential actions actually do, and how to they differ?

Chaos. Intense. Executive overdrive. A reality show. There are a lot of ways to describe President Donald Trump's first week in office, from the absence of his wave from Air Force One to his social media presence in a public spat with Mexico's president. However you characterize the new president's first seven days, he has been a busy man.

As of January 26, Trump has issued 13 "Presidential Actions," including executive orders, proclamations, and memoranda outlining executive action that can be taken without congressional input. While some orders may never be heeded, others have immediate, real-world consequences. Here are three big legal and policy changes from the Trump administration's first week in Washington and what they might mean for you.