This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 16)

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Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1788, states,
Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1788, states,

COVER STORY: Rewriting the limits of presidential powers | Watch VideoThe 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.

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Brennan Center for Justice, New York UniversityElizabeth Goitein, The Atlantic"The Republic of Conscience" by Gary Hart (Blue Rider Press), in Trade Paperback and eBook formats, available via AmazonAmerican Civil Liberties UnionJohn 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! / Credit: CBS News
A summer vacation on a stick! / Credit: CBS News

SUMMER: The cool story behind popsicles | Watch VideoDid 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.

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       CORONAVIRUS: Keeping COVID bubbles from bursting | Watch VideoWith 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.

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National Basketball AssociationNBA Schedule"Welcome to the Bubble" (YouTube)"The Old Man & the Three" (podcast)Tyler Perry Studios, AtlantaDr. David Ho, Columbia University 

          MILEPOST: COVID shopping listUnilever reports that social distancing has led to a drop in demand for deodorant. Sales for brands like Dove soap and Axe deodorant have declined. But the company reports that sales for ice cream (brands like Breyers and Ben & Jerry's) have increased, as have sales for soups.     

Wreckage from a failed U.S. rescue mission is strewn across the Iranian desert, April 1980. / Credit: CBS News
Wreckage from a failed U.S. rescue mission is strewn across the Iranian desert, April 1980. / Credit: CBS News

HISTORY: "Desert One": Inside the failed 1980 hostage rescue in Iran | Watch VideoAcademy 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.

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"Desert One," in theatres and virtual cinemas August 21 | Get tickets

      PASSAGE: Sumner Redstone (Video)"Sunday Morning" looks back at the career of Sumner Redstone, a lawyer-turned-corporate mogul whose legacy includes ViacomCBS, who died this week at the age of 97. Jane Pauley reports. 

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.  / Credit: CBS News
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. / Credit: CBS News

ELECTIONS: The prospects for mail-in voting in this year's election | Watch VideoThe 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.

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Runbeck Election Services, PhoenixKim Wyman, Secretary of State, Washington StateHeritage FoundationLeague of Women VotersAbsentee and Early Voting (usa.gov)Absentee Ballot Deadlines, by State (vote.org)When Absentee/Mail Ballot Processing and Counting Can Begin, by State (National Conference of State Legislatures)

      HARTMAN: On the road again (Video)Ernie Andrus, whom Steve Hartman first met six years ago as he tried to become the oldest person to ever run coast-to-coast, in back on the road, a year into making a return trip to California, as he turns 97.

Sheryl Crow performs on the stage of Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  / Credit: CBS News
Sheryl Crow performs on the stage of Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. / Credit: CBS News

MUSIC: Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the "Mother Church of Country Music" | Watch VideoIn 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.

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Ryman Auditorium, NashvilleGrand Ole OprySheryl Crow (Official site)Old Crow Medicine Show (Official site)

       COMMENTARY: Jane Pauley on recognizing depression | Watch VideoLow-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.

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Depression (National Institute of Mental Health)What is depression? (American Psychiatric Association)Depression Health Center (WebMD.com)Depression (womenshealth.gov)"Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue" by Jane Pauley (Ballantine Books), in Paperback and eBook formats, available via Amazon

YOU 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.  / Credit: CBS News
A view of the Democratic National Convention in 2012, when social distancing wasn't yet a thing. / Credit: CBS News

POLITICS: Setting the stage for the Democratic Party's COVID Convention | Watch VideoCBS 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.

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2020 Democratic National Convention, Aug. 17-20, from Milwaukee (and cyberspace)Virtual policy roundtables schedule

      INDEX: Political historyAccording to history.com, the Democratic Party's donkey dates back to the 1828 presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson. When opponents called him a jackass, Jackson - a hero of the War of 1812 - embraced the donkey symbol and used it on campaign posters.

        NATURE: Wild burros of Texas (Extended Video)"Sunday Morning" takes us to a convention of apolitical donkeys near the Rio Grande in Southwest Texas. Videographer: Carl Mrozek.

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"SUNDAY MORNING" MATINEE: "Jeannette" (VIDEO)"Jeannette" is a new Broadway-bound pop musical about Jeannette Rankin, the first female Member of Congress, who served as a representative of Montana beginning even before women had won the right to vote nationwide. In this video for "Sunday Morning," the cast of "Jeannette" performs the debut song from the show, "Heart and Soul." Music and lyrics by Ari Afsar; book by Lauren M. Gunderson.

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jeannettemusical.com

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