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Stymied elsewhere, Trump turns to pardons to advance personal and policy goals

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump vowed to accomplish a great many things with the ease and simplicity of snapping his fingers.

Once in office, however, he discovered that achieving those goals - dismantling Obamacare, slashing the federal debt, building a wall along the border with Mexico, among other promises - was far more frustrating and complicated than he supposed.

But there is one area where Trump can exercise nearly limitless sway: the power to pardon. He has made early and eager use of that unfettered authority, advancing

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