In this archive edition of Midday: When it was ratified in 1787, the US Constitution stood alone as a beacon of freedom from tyranny and an unparalleled attempt to create a republic governed by the people, with each branch serving as a check on the power of the other. Has the power of the Executive Branch grown too much as the country has grown and the apparatus of government has expanded? Did the founders anticipate the political polarity of the current moment? What norms underlie the Constitution, and are they being abandoned?Tom's guest is University of Baltimore Law Professor Kim Wehle. Her latest book is called How to Read the Constitution, and Why.