The president’s PlayStation

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If the warning of a nuclear strike against the United States was sounded, the president could authorise a response within five minutes.

At the end of WWII, foreign policy was the main testing grounds of the White House and the US Congress. Parties, presidential candidates and presidents-in-office owed much of their popularity and consensus to America’s influence on the international stage. Foreign policy choices have also impacted the political debate and the system of checks and balances enshrined in the US Constitution to the extent that they have led to shifts in Washington’s institutional powers and the president’s role.

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