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  • James Clapper eased rules on 'unmasking' procedures in 2013: Report (unmasking congress & staff)

    08/01/2017 4:30:31 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 31 2017 | Todd Shepherd
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper revised rules in 2013 in a way that made it easier to "unmask" the names of lawmakers or congressional staffers who are incidentally caught in foreign surveillance. The new procedures implemented by Clapper uprooted the previous set of rules that had been in use for just over two decades, according to a report from The Hill. The report relied in part on a newly released memo by the ODNI created in 2013 that said the lawmakers or staffers' names could be unmasked if an intelligence agency under the executive branch thought that "the...
  • Dem Congresswoman Doesn’t Know FBI Part of Executive Branch

    06/09/2017 8:52:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    lifezette.com ^ | 6/8/2017 | Jim Stinson
    A leading Democrat in the House and frequent critic of President Donald Trump made an embarrassing faux pas during CNN’s Erin Burnett “OutFront” show on Wednesday night. Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, showed a lack of knowledge about the presidency, the executive branch, and the FBI’s position within the federal government.
  • Excuse me...but isn't the president, in actual fact, the chief prosecutor?

    06/09/2017 9:37:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/9/2017 | Russ Vaughn
    In all the Comey brouhaha beating on our senses is an organizational issue that none of the pundits seems to have picked up on: the simple fact that Donald Trump was really and truly James Comey's boss. The media and the urban elites seem perfectly happy to grant James Comey and the federal attorney general the unlimited power of making a determination of prosecution for any suspected federal wrongdoing. If a high-profile case gets killed in Comey's office or the attorney general's office, there may be some blowback in the media and the general population, but no one ever challenges...
  • Reorganizing the Executive Branch: We Need Your Input!

    05/06/2017 6:18:07 PM PDT · by Oatka · 35 replies
    The White House ^ | current | The White House
    On March 13th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that will make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you, the American people. This Executive Order directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to present the President with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary agencies. President Trump wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized to work for the American people. Share your ideas below by June 12th! What agency would you like to reform? Select Cabinet Agency (Select...
  • Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

    03/13/2017 5:51:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 149 replies
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 13, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR REORGANIZING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Purpose.  This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose...
  • Trump clamps down on federal agencies

    01/24/2017 5:32:05 PM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2017 | Jordan Fabian
    The Trump administration is clamping down on public communications by agencies as it seeks to assert control over the federal bureaucracy. New restrictions on social media use and interaction with press and lawmakers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and the Interior have sparked concerns of a President Trump-backed effort to silence dissenting views. The Trump administration’s newly imposed communications rules vary at different agencies. At the EPA, staffers were ordered to stop issuing press releases, blog updates and social media posts, according to a memo to employees. The Agriculture...
  • Obama Administration Finalizes Social Security Gun Ban

    12/24/2016 7:02:39 AM PST · by rktman · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/23/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On Monday the Obama administration finalized a Social Security gun ban that could prevent “tens of thousands” of law-abiding elderly citizens from purchasing guns for self-defense. Breitbart News reported this ban on July 18, 2015, when it was learned that the Obama administration was creating a ban on gun purchases that would apply to Social Security recipients who needed help managing their finances. The Los Angeles Times reported that the ban would be sweeping; that it would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons–from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an...
  • Tamimg the bureaucratic beast: The Herculean Task Ahead for President-elect Donald Trump

    11/14/2016 4:48:22 PM PST · by 198ml · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/14/16 | Hans von Spakovsky
    President-elect Donald Trump certainly has his work cut out for him: Undoing all of the damage done by President Barack Obama over the past eight years. Mr. Obama instigated an unprecedented — and unconstitutional — expansion of power by the federal government that poses a danger to our liberty, our freedom, and our economic well-being. Last Tuesday’s election gave us a chance to pull our constitutional republic back from the brink and preserve the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
  • Obama: ‘We’ve Designated New Monuments to…Folks Who Stood Up For Equality at Stonewall in New York’

    08/20/2016 7:18:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/20/2016 | unknown
    President Barack Obama said in his weekly address today that he had set aside “more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters” as national parks and monuments, which is “more than any administration in history.” Among the national monuments he created, Obama said in his weekly address, was “Stonewall.” This monument commemorates riots that took place in 1969. Citing Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks, leading into his citation of Stonewall, Obama said: “As President, I’m proud to have built upon America’s tradition of conservation.” The president said in his June 24 proclamation [1] creating the “Stonewall National Monument:”...
  • Is U.S. Manufacturing Really in Decline?

    07/28/2016 5:37:52 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 102 replies
    Strategy+business ^ | July 26, 2016 | Daniel Gross
    Did you hear that U.S. manufacturing just had another big month? That output has risen about 20 percent in the past six years? That industrial capacity is actually expanding?Probably not. At most times, and especially in election season, the talk surrounding U.S. manufacturing is one of relentless decline: a loss of jobs, the shutting down of factories, increased competition from foreign countries, a global war in which the U.S. seems to be on the losing end.And of course, it’s true. At some level, manufacturing has declined dramatically — as a direct employer of American workers. According to the Bureau of...
  • You cannot let people take over federal property...at a certain point you have to do something

    02/10/2016 7:36:18 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 117 replies
    Jan 7, 2016 | Donald Trump
    "I think what I'd do, as president, is I would make a phone call to whoever, to the group," he said, adding later, "I'd talk to the leader. I would talk to him and I would say, 'You gotta get out -- come see me, but you gotta get out.'" "You cannot let people take over federal property," Mr. Trump said. "You can't, because once you do that, you don't have a government anymore. I think, frankly, they've been there too long." Mr. Trump said he wasn't necessarily suggesting a large-scale military action, but that "at a certain point you...
  • An Elective Despotism: the Tyranny We’ve Brought on Ourselves

    08/30/2015 8:57:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/30/15 | Rod & Sherri Dodsworth
    It is no secret that over recent decades, constitutionally defined powers reserved to Congress or the states have swirled into the Executive branch. As a result, no matter the name or the party, the next President will possess and put to use the autocratic power secured by Barack Obama. His will be a broad authority associated far more with the likes of brute strongmen like Hugo Chavez than with George Washington. But don’t put the entire blame on Obama, for he didn’t pull the keystone to the Framers’ division of powers and claim them all for his own. Blame early...
  • The Necessary and Proper Clause: Master or servant?

    11/13/2014 1:32:51 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 13, 2014 | Will Baude
    Last week, as readers of this blog surely know, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, which considers the validity of a law regulating the content of U.S. passports. One constitutional question potentially implicated in the case is the scope of the Necessary and Proper Clause, in particular Congress’s power to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution … all other powers vested by this Constitution … in any department or officer” of the federal government. (The clause is mentioned very briefly by Jack Goldsmith here; it still leaves open the...
  • George F. Will: Stopping a lawless president

    06/21/2014 6:13:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2014 | George Will
    What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls “taming the prince” — making executive power compatible with democracy’s abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics. It is now more urgent in the United States than at any time since the Founders, having rebelled against George III’s unfettered exercise of “royal prerogative,” stipulated that presidents “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Serious as are the policy disagreements roiling Washington, none is as important as the structural distortion threatening constitutional equilibrium. Institutional derangement driven by unchecked presidential aggrandizement did not begin with Barack Obama, but his...
  • Executive Power and Overreach

    05/27/2014 7:23:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 22, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, gave some remarks at the Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center centered around the increase in executive power and the power of executive agencies under Republican and Democratic presidencies. This worrisome trend, which Hamburger called “administrative law,” was supposedly “developed to deal with the problems of modern society.” Yet, in his words, this increase in administrative power “could not have been anticipated by the Constitution.” Although administrative powers are “very old,” Hamburger warned that the checks and balances as well as the separation of powers were “exactly was...
  • CARSON: Cleaning skeletons out of the political closet

    04/30/2014 5:45:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    The Washington Times.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    With Europeans intrigued by America’s unexpected success, Alexis de Tocqueville carried out an in-depth study of the new nation in the 1830s. He was quite impressed by our divided government, which featured the separation of powers. This structure made it difficult for any one branch — executive, judicial or legislative — to acquire too much power and run roughshod over the other branches and the will of the American people. Unfortunately, today we are witnessing a largely unchecked executive branch issuing decrees that circumvent Congress while facing only tepid resistance. In civilian life, when a contract is entered into by...
  • Obama's Politicized, Lawless Executive Branch

    04/11/2014 5:59:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Under the administration of President Barack Obama, as never before in my lifetime, there is reason to be a bit afraid of the federal government. I have written two books documenting Obama's abuses of power, his assaults on the Constitution, his wars against business and energy, his abominably reckless spending, his divisiveness, his renegade Justice Department, his regulatory expansion, his executive orders, his overall lawlessness, and more. Obama's conduct concerning Obamacare alone would be enough to get the impeachment wheels rolling for any other president. His flagrant, deliberate lies regarding almost every aspect of that horrible law and his defiant...
  • Federal guidance on pot business leaves banks wary

    02/15/2014 1:48:31 PM PST · by steve86 · 18 replies
    Seattle PI / Associated Press ^ | 2/15/2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) — For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash — driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man — can't end soon enough.
  • Unions Get Big ObamaCare Christmas Present As Other Self-Insured Groups Get Scrooged

    12/23/2013 12:20:04 AM PST · by Innovative · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | Larry Bell
    As a presumed constitutional scholar, Barack Obama should know that ... he or she cannot legislate through executive fiat or pick which parts of the law to comply with or decline. Article 2, Section 3, Clause 5 of our Constitution requires that the president “…shall take care that the Laws be carefully executed.” It doesn’t limit those laws or encapsulated provisions to the particular ones that he or she likes. ... Obama’s latest constitutional violation will exempt unions from a fee the law imposes upon all large group health plans. ...
  • Obama's Curious Purge Of The Military Continues

    10/15/2013 5:21:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 15, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Defense: The firing of two nuclear commanders in a week adds to a body count that suggests we have either the most corrupt and incompetent general staff in history or our military is being reshaped for other purposes. The Obama administration, which has fired no one over scandals such as its Fast and Furious Mexican gun-running operation, its criminal negligence in the terrorist attack on our Benghazi diplomatic mission, or the use of the IRS to target and intimidate political foes, seems to have a curious obsession lately about ethics and competence in the U.S. military. Last week the Air...