Howdy, Pardon 

On his last day in office, President Clinton pardoned more than  100 people, including Whitewater felon Susan McDougal, former CIA Director John Deutch, and former bank-robber Patricia Hearst Shaw. In 1998, Slate’s “Explainer” told how to apply for a pardon.  (Read the article here.) Last year, an “Explainer” revealed the difference between a pardon and commutation. (Read the article here.) A recent  “Gist” explored the constitutional reasons for the pardon power and examined pardon prospects for Clinton in his final days. (Read the article here.) This week, Explainer asks whether the president can pardon somebody for a state—as opposed to federal—offense. (Read the article here.)