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This week on “Sunday Morning” (August 16)

Host: Jane Pauley Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1788, states, “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” National Archives COVER STORY: Rewriting the powers of the presidencyThe power of the president is enormous – and may be even more so with presidential…

This week on “Sunday Morning” (August 16)

Host: Jane Pauley

Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1788, states, “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”

National Archives

COVER STORY: Rewriting the powers of the presidencyThe power of the president is enormous – and may be even more so with presidential emergency action documents (PEADs), classified orders granting vast presidential authority in response to extraordinary situations. PEADs are so secret even Congress cannot see them – and that troubles constitutional scholars. “Sunday Morning” special contributor Ted Koppel reports.For more info: Brennan Center for Justice, New York University”The Republic of Conscience” by Gary Hart (Blue Rider Press), in Trade Paperback and eBook formats, available via AmazonJohn Yoo, Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley”Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power” by John Yoo (All Points Books), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazon

A summer vacation on a stick!

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SUMMER: The cool story behind popsiclesDid you know the popsicle was invented by a child experimenting with soda and cold weather? Nancy Giles bites into the history of the tasty frozen treat.For more info: Popsicle (Unilever)Island Pops       CORONAVIRUS: Keeping social bubbles from burstingWith NBA players living in isolation, actors and crew quarantining at Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios, and families forming self-isolating “pods” for the sake of their children, social bubbles actualize a desire to beat COVID at its own game. Lee Cowan reports.For more info: National Basketball AssociationNBA Schedule”The Old Man & the Three” (podcast)Tyler Perry Studios, AtlantaDr. David Ho, Columbia University           MILEPOST: TBD     

Wreckage from a failed U.S. rescue mission is strewn across the Iranian desert, April 1980.

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HISTORY: “Desert One”: Inside the failed 1980 hostage rescue in IranAcademy Award-winner Barbara Kopple’s new documentary explores the aborted attempt to retrieve 53 Americans held by revolutionaries in the captured U.S. Embassy in Tehran. David Martin talks to Delta Force members who survived the calamitous mission in which eight U.S. service members perished.To watch a trailer for “Desert One” click on the video player below:

Desert One | Official Trailer by
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For more info:”Desert One,” in theatres and virtual cinemas August 21 | Get tickets      PASSAGE: Sumner Redstone

Washington State voters cast their ballots by mail – an option many millions more Americans are expected to use this fall instead of showing up at the polls during the pandemic. 

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ELECTIONS: The prospects for mail-in voting in this year’s electionThe pandemic, and the long lines experienced in primary elections during the COVID-19 outbreak, have created an unprecedented call for “mail-in” ballots for this fall’s general election, with demand for absentee ballots in some states up by as much as 1,000%. And despite President Trump’s claims that ballots delivered by mail will mark election results as “fraudulent,” election officials say voting by mail has been proven to be safe and secure. The real concern is that some states are not prepared for the influx. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports.For more info: Runbeck Election Services, PhoenixKim Wyman, Secretary of State, Washington StateHeritage FoundationLeague of Women VotersAbsentee and Early Voting ( Ballot Deadlines, by State ( Absentee/Mail Ballot Processing and Counting Can Begin, by State (National Conference of State Legislatures)      HARTMAN: On the road again     

Sheryl Crow performs on the stage of Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 

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MUSIC: Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, hallowed ground for music fansIn late June, Ryman Auditorium – a Nashville landmark for more than 125 years, and one-time home to the Grand Ole Opry – reopened for tours after closing due to COVID-19. Correspondent Mark Strassmann looks at the history of the Ryman, which has hosted not just country musicians but also legends of folk, rock and hip hop; and talks with some of the artists (including Sheryl Crow and Ketch Secor, of Old Crow Medicine Show) who have graced its stage.For more info: Ryman Auditorium, NashvilleGrand Ole OprySheryl Crow (Official site)Old Crow Medicine Show (Official site)       COMMENTARY: Jane Pauley on recognizing depressionLow-grade depression can arrive out of the blue, and during these times of pandemic, the stresses of lockdown, family tensions and job loss can further challenge our mental well-being. “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley suggests talking about mental health can be a big step forward in getting help.For more info: Depression (National Institute of Mental Health)What is depression? (American Psychiatric Association)Depression Health Center ( (”Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue” by Jane Pauley (Ballantine Books), in Paperback and eBook  formats, available via AmazonYOU ARE NOT ALONEIf you or a loved one are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

A view of the Democratic National Convention in 2012, when social distancing wasn’t yet a thing. 

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POLITICS: Setting the stage for the Democratic Party’s COVID ConventionCBS News’ John Dickerson on the evolving nature of political conventions, and how, in 2020, a pandemic means the serendipity and boisterous frivolity of a political party will be quarantined.For more info: 2020 Democratic National Convention, Aug. 17-20, from Milwaukee (and cyberspace)Virtual policy roundtables schedule      INDEX: TBD        NATURE: Wild burros                The Emmy Award-winning “CBS Sunday Morning” is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Executive producer is Rand Morrison.DVR Alert! Find out when “Sunday Morning” airs in your city  “Sunday Morning” also streams on CBSN beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET and again at 11:30 a.m. ET.Full episodes of “Sunday Morning” are now available to watch on demand on, and CBS All Access, including via Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV/FireTV stick and Xbox.  Follow us on Twitter (@CBSSunday), Facebook, Instagram (#CBSSundayMorning) and at   You can also download the free “Sunday Morning” audio podcast at iTunes and at Now you’ll never miss the trumpet!

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