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Freakonomics

Does the Pres­i­dent Mat­ter as Much as You Think? We asked this same ques­tion near­ly a decade ago. The answer then: prob­a­bly not. But a lot has changed since then, and we’re three years into one of the most anom­alous pres­i­den­cies in Amer­i­can his­to­ry. So once again we try to sort out pres­i­den­tial sig­nal from noise. What we hear from legal and pol­i­cy experts may leave you sur­prised, befud­dled — and maybe infuriated.