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The Lone Tree Reporter of Lone Tree, Iowa

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We're going to stick with the Constitution this week so maybe I can get it done in the next few weeks. We're starting with Article II, Section 2 and will finish that section.

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal, Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment. He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Courts, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established in Law, but the Congress may by law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session Section 3. He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Minister; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States. Section 4 The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Thus is the end of Article II of the United States Constitution.

Now for the Thought For The Week. This week it comes from J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. It is: "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all."



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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015



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