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The first page of a newspaper is “prime” real estate. It’s where the most important stories are often found. That’s why it’s helpful to understand what’s behind those stories – because they matter. In some cases, a news story may not receive much attention but it matters because it's interesting. Those, too, are prime stories.

Here’s some background on a “prime” story this week.

Can You Be Your Own Judge?

The investigation into whether anyone in the Trump campaign worked illegally with the Russians to sway the election continues. Robert Mueller is the head of the investigation. Donald Trump has repeatedly said no one in his campaign did anything wrong but the investigation continues.


Some of the findings indicate that people in the campaign including Donald Trump, Jr., Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner (married to Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter) and others did in fact meet with Russians during the election campaign season. It will be up to the investigators to decide if those meetings were criminal in nature.


This week, Mr. Trump began tweeting about "pardons." A pardon is when a judge or person in charge forgives a person for a crime so that the person is not punished. Mr. Trump has said he can pardon anyone he wants and he also has mentioning pardoning himself.


The Constitution does give the president vast powers of pardoning but it does not say whether the president can pardon himself. No president has ever tried to do that. There is a provision in our legal system that says a person cannot serve as his own judge, precisely because it would not make sense for anyone to decide his or her own guilt or innocence. But now people are wondering if a president can pardon himself?


Do you think that should be something a president can do if he commits a crime: to let himself off the hook?


Watch the news for more discussion of pardons.













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