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Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute. His research interests include executive power and the role of the presidency as well as federalism and overcriminalization. He is the author of False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency and The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power; and is editor of Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything.

Healy has appeared on PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and his work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Legal Times, and elsewhere.

Healy holds a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Repeal, Don’t Replace, Trump’s War Powers

The New York Times. April 17, 2018.

David Frum: The Wrong Man

American Conservative. March 23, 2018.

Donald Trump Flaunts the Dangers of Presidential Power

American Conservative. January 11, 2018.


Reclaiming the War Power

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency

White House Studies. Vol. 10. No. 2. 2010.

Campaign 2008 and The Cult of the Presidency

Cato's Letter. Vol. 6. No. 4. Fall 2008.

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The Imperial Presidency and the War on Terror

Policy Report. March/April 2006.