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  • Obama administration’s fracking rules struck down by federal judge

    06/21/2016 8:13:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2016 | Victor Morton
    In the latest rebuke of the Obama administration’s expansive view of executive power, a federal judge has struck down the Interior Department’s effort to regulate fracking for oil and natural gas. Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming already had put a hold on the regulations last year, and in a decision released late Tuesday, he ruled that Congress did not give Interior the power to regulate hydraulic fracturing, indeed it had expressly withheld that power with some narrow exceptions.
  • Congress, Don’t Be Fooled; Obama Still Believes in Unlimited War

    02/11/2015 2:31:10 PM PST · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 Feb 2015 | Bruce Ackerman
    President Obama is going before Congress to request authorization for the limited use of military force in a battle of up to three years against the Islamic State. On the surface, this looks like a welcome recognition of Congress’s ultimate authority in matters of war and peace. But unless the resolution put forward by the White House is amended, it will have the opposite effect. Congressional support will amount to the ringing endorsement of unlimited presidential war making. Whatever else they decide, the House and Senate should revise the White House initiative to guarantee that it won’t have this tragic...
  • Stop President Obama’s Illegal Immigration Action in Court

    12/11/2014 7:39:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    ACLJ ^ | 2014-12-09 | ACLJ
    Stop President Obama’s Illegal Immigration Action in Court President Obama broke the law. He violated the Constitution. Now we’re taking aggressive action in court. President Obama said he “change[d] the law” when he took unilateral action on immigration. The Constitution is clear: The President enforces the law. He does not make the law. Twenty states are taking a stand to defend the Constitution against President Obama’s imperial immigration action. They’ve filed a massive federal lawsuit to stop his unconstitutional overreach. We’re joining them. We’re preparing to file a critical amicus brief to stop President Obama’s illegal action. We testified before...
  • This Ted Cruz bill gives shocking new powers to ... Barack Obama?

    09/19/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 33 replies
    Rare / Cox Media Group ^ | September 19, 2014 | Matt Purple
    Senator Ted Cruz isn’t one to throw a bone to the Obama administration. But a new bill that he introduced would give the government enormous new powers when it comes to national security. It’s called the “Expatriate Terrorist Act” and on the surface its intentions seem good enough. It allows the United States to revoke the citizenship of anyone fighting for or aiding a terrorist group like ISIS. “If we do not pass this legislation, the consequence will be that Americans fighting alongside ISIS today may come home tomorrow with a U.S. passport, may come home to New York or...
  • New Obama Executive Action Plan on Amnesty: Bring Kids to U.S. Directly From Central America

    07/25/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    With no plans to secure the border, President Obama is considering executive action without Congress to grant Hondurans amnesty and to set up a program to screen "refugees" in the country before green lighting them into the United States, cutting out the process of trekking through Mexico. From the New York Times: The Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and...
  • Obama: I Can't Work With Others; Sue Me

    07/08/2014 2:11:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | July 8, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    In January, President Barack Obama outlined his strategy for 2014. "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone," he said. The president planned on using his pen to sign executive and administrative orders and his phone to call outside groups -- not Congress -- to rally behind his pet programs. Obama forgot to mention his third favorite instrument -- the teleprompter. Rather than working with Congress, Obama's second term is all about blaming Congress for whatever goes wrong. In that can't-do spirit, Obama mocked House Speaker John Boehner's threat to take legal action against the White House's imperial ways....

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court said Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.
  • Supreme Court Narrows President's Recess Appointment Power

    06/26/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    NBC ^ | 06.26.2014 | NBC News
    The US Supreme Court today limited a president's power to make recess appointments when the White House and the Senate are controlled by opposite parties, scaling back a presidential authority as old as the republic.
  • Prosecute the President

    06/11/2014 9:01:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 11, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    President Barack Obama believes he is above the law. That's because he is. This week alone, Obama announced that he would unilaterally change student loan rules, allowing borrowers to avoid paying off more of their debt; he signaled that he would continue his non-enforcement of immigration law, even as thousands of children cross the border; he defended his non-disclosure of a terrorist swap to Congress. And, he said, more such actions were in the offing. "I will keep doing whatever I can without Congress," Obama explained. This is not just executive overreach. In many cases, Obama's exercise of authoritarian...
  • Don't Republicans Abuse Executive Power?

    03/19/2014 5:00:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week the House of Representatives passed yet another bill with an awkward, acronym-enabling title: the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act. The ENFORCE the Law Act (get it?) would allow either chamber of Congress to authorize litigation aimed at correcting the president's "failure to faithfully execute the laws." While the bill's name is ridiculous and its mechanism is dubious, the basic premise of its supporters, almost all of whom are Republicans, is correct: As the House Judiciary Committee's report on the bill puts it, Obama has engaged in a "pattern of overstepping...
  • Obama is Poisonous

    03/17/2014 2:48:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | March 17, 2014 | Rich Galen
    I promise I will not spend the next 232 days - between now and election day - writing about how the mid-terms are going to turn out. You know my record for prognostication. It's dreadful. Nevertheless, here is what I Tweeted yesterday afternoon: @richgalen Gallup Obama Approval 3-day track = 39-55. One year ago was 50-43. Reason enough for Dems to worry. There is not much statistical difference between an approval rating of 42 and 39 (and it is likely to bounce within that range) but, the psychology of one being in the 40s and the other in the...
  • White House Threatens to Veto Bills that Aim to Keep Executive Power in Check

    03/12/2014 1:45:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | March 12, 2014 12:30 pm | Bridget Johnson
    The White House issued veto threats on Wednesday for a pair of bills reining in executive overreach that debuted and were debated on the House floor. The Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act of 2014 puts in place a procedure that would expedite the ability of the House or Senate to sue the executive branch for failure to faithfully execute the laws. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former prosecutor who introduced the bill, said a three-judge panel at the federal district court level followed by direct appeal to the Supreme...
  • Schlafly: The President's Grab for Dictatorial Power

    03/10/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The United States is at "a constitutional tipping point" and "in the midst of a constitutional crisis." Has President Barack Obama unilaterally overturned the constitutional framework of three branches that is the basis of our unique and successful system of self-government? That question is not just partisan bickering by Republicans and tea party activists. It was spoken in all seriousness in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by a distinguished constitutional law professor who voted for Obama. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University said that the "massive gravitational shift of authority to the executive branch" is unconstitutional and threatens the...
  • Democrats, How Much Will You Take?

    03/02/2014 12:00:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | March 2, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    We are all guilty of providing a wide leeway to a politician that we favor. If the politician is someone we support, we restrain ourselves when something becomes public that would have us in a tizzy if done by someone with whom we dislike politically. That is referred to as “cutting someone some slack.” But there is a limit for everyone like there was for Anthony Weiner or Larry Craig. When will the grownups in the Democratic Party say enough is enough with Barack Obama? We know that he is your guy. We also know that after 2010 there are...
  • President Obama: I'm the Law

    02/16/2014 9:45:42 AM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-12-14
    One question congressional and presidential candidates should be asked is how we should go about restoring the rule of law to our federal government. Not even during the world wars of the last century was the executive branch as brazen in assuming sweeping and unlegislated powers, changing laws without the consent of the legislative branch and ignoring laws it didn’t like. Lawsuits are certainly one possible avenue to take, but a slow one–which is what the White House is counting on. It will do what it wants, and by the time an unfavorable decision is handed down, it will have...
  • Need A Pay Raise - Just Ask President Obama

    01/29/2014 3:38:20 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 11 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/29/14 | LD Jackson
    I have watched and followed politics for several years, through more than a few presidents. Heretofore, I have not seen a President who is so willing to bypass Congress and act on his own, as is President Obama. From the time he took the oath of office, he has interjected himself into arenas where he has no business. In the prelude to the State of the Union show yesterday, it was announced he would be signing an Executive Order to force any business who does federal contract work to pay their employees $10.10 per hour, at the minimum. This is...
  • Legal Cloud Hangs Over President Obama's Illegal Minimum Wage Hike

    01/28/2014 2:47:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | January 28 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama will announce tonight that he is signing an Executive Order mandating a new $10.10 minimum wage for all future federal contract workers. But it is not at all clear that he has the legal authority to do so. "My understanding is that they are using the president's authority under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949," George Washington Law School's Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies Dan Gordon told Townhall. "And that calls for measures which ensure 'economy and efficiency' of the procurement process. And I am not sure whether this blanket increase in the...
  • Is Barack Obama an Imperial President?(Obama’s Evading of Congress Unparalleled in Modern Times)

    01/26/2014 1:45:50 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Christian Science Monitor Via Yahoo News ^ | January 26, 2014 | Linda Feldman
    President Obama’s use of executive action to get around congressional gridlock is unparalleled in modern times, some scholars say. But to liberal activists, he’s not going far enough. "You have a power to stop deportation for all undocumented immigrants in this country!" the young South Korean man yelled at President Obama during a speech on immigration reform last November in San Francisco. Waving away security guards, Mr. Obama turned and addressed Mr. Hong, himself undocumented. "Actually, I don't," the president said. "And that's why we're here." "We've got this Constitution, we've got this whole thing about separation of powers," Obama...
  • Obama ‘cavalier’ in hiding foreign aid order, judge rules

    12/18/2013 9:40:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A district court judge ruled that President Obama can’t lawfully keep hidden a foreign aid order he tried to shield via a claim of executive privilege, characterizing the move as a “cavalier” dodge of the Freedom of Information Act. The Justice Department had argued that a foreign-aid directive that Mr. Obama signed in 2010 should remain secret, because it was part of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development and fell under the umbrella of executive privilege — despite its unclassified status, Politico reported. But U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled in favor of plaintiffs — the Center for...
  • Federal Judge Calls Obamacare "Totally Ineffective" While Striking Down Contraception Mandate

    12/17/2013 2:46:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies ^ | December 17, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    Yesterday, Judge Brian Cogan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, not only struck down Obamacare's contraception mandate as applied to religious non-profit organizations, but also sent a strong signal that federal courts were losing patience with President Obama's many stitches of executive power. Previous courts had ruled against President Obama's contraception mandate as applied to for-profit entities (see Sebelius v Hobby Lobby), but this was the first court to hold that participating in Obama's scheme to provide free birth control is a substantial burden on the free practice of religion (specifically the Catholic...
  • Beware an unchecked president (in LA Times!)

    12/08/2013 8:15:43 AM PST · by Innovative · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | DEc 8, 2013 | Jacob S. Hacker and Oona A. Hathaway
    Subtitle: The solution to a dysfunctional Congress is not for Obama to govern the country all by himself. In the face of congressional gridlock, President Obama has started taking more and more matters into his own hands. In recent months, he has announced new gun control measures, put in place limited immigration reform and made fixes to the Affordable Care Act — all without Congress. Many liberals who once worried about presidential overreach have applauded his robust use of presidential power. Yet the president's increasing unilateralism shouldn't be cause for celebration. Bypassing Congress means bypassing democratic checks. It also means...
  • Birth of conservative delusion: Roger Ailes takes his revenge

    10/20/2013 2:18:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | October 19, 2013 | Michael Goldfarb
    "............“.............A four-decade-long war on the press’s legitimacy had begun. The idea that it was a biased liberal press that made the molehill of Watergate into a mountain of Constitutional crisis took root. A month later, an article in the New York Times quoted a letter to the editor written by one Lerline Westmoreland published in a Southern newspaper, the Memphis Commercial Appeal: “It seems to me that the greatest threat to this country is not so much a dictatorial Supreme Court or an imperfect President, it is a vicious, slanted news media on the minds of the masses of Americans...
  • The Healthcare Act is really about confiscation of tax refunds

    10/18/2013 9:14:42 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 26 replies
    Thought | 18 October 2013 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    The Healthcare Act just forced upon Americans was pushed through with deceit by telling ignorant Americans they would receive healthcare at reasonable premiums. It turns out (as usual) that it was all a lie. What the Healthcare Act is, in fact, is a way to more thoroughly tax citizens without provoking a revolution. Millions of younger Americans never carried insurance because with good health they didn't need to. Now, the government is going to force EVERY adult to have healthcare. Many companies have dropped healthcare or have cut hours to 29 per week to not have to incur the costs...
  • Obama's climate monstrosity: Fight back, Congress

    06/28/2013 3:46:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | June 27, 2013 | Tribune-Review
    Hiking electricity costs and killing jobs en masse, his Environmental Protection Agency will shutter existing coal-fired power plants and make new ones impossible. "Congress should move immediately to defund as much of this as possible," says Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment. That's the last, best hope for stopping this monstrous plan.
  • Obama's Cloak of Invisibility

    03/20/2013 7:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Back in 2007, when he was running for president, Barack Obama criticized George W. Bush's expansive vision of executive power, saying, "I reject the view that the president may do whatever he deems necessary to protect national security." The day after taking office in 2009, Obama declared that "my administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government." Those two positions went together, because secrecy requires power and power thrives in secrecy, as Obama himself has been demonstrating for the last four years. Three recent cases illustrate how breaking his promise of "the most transparent administration in...
  • Democracy and Majority Rule

    11/21/2012 6:15:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | November 21, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama narrowly defeated Gov. Mitt Romney in the popular vote 51 percent to 48 percent. In the all-important Electoral College, the difference was larger, with Obama winning 303 electoral votes and Romney 206. Let's not think so much about the election's outcome but instead ask: What's so good about democracy and majority rule? How many decisions in our day-to-day lives would we like to be made through majority rule or the democratic process? How about the decision to watch a football game or "Law and Order"? What about whether to purchase a Chevrolet Volt or a Toyota Prius?...
  • How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American

    10/25/2012 7:54:33 PM PDT · by opentalk · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 24, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Cornered by reporters with video cameras, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to President Obama's reelection campaign, attempted to defend the kill list...The second notable statement concerns the killing of 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki.. ADAMSON: ...It's an American citizen that is being targeted without due process, without trial. And, he's underage. He's a minor. GIBBS: I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children. I don't think becoming an al Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about...
  • Obama asserts presidential powers he once spoke out against

    06/24/2012 5:53:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | June 24, 2012 | By STEVEN THOMMA AND WILLIAM DOUGLAS
    President Barack Obama is starting to channel his inner Cheney. For years, Obama talked about the limits on presidential power. Now, driven either by principle or political expediency, he's working to build and maintain a powerful presidency that pushes the edge of what it can do, while often telling Congress and the courts to mind their own business. In the last week alone, he refused a subpoena to share Justice Department emails with Congress, told courts he doesn't have to justify his claimed power to assassinate suspected terrorists, and decided to stop deporting certain illegal immigrants even though Congress has...
  • Shift on Executive Power Lets Obama Bypass Rivals

    04/23/2012 7:07:55 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/22/12 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism. “We had been attempting to highlight the inability of Congress to do anything,” recalled William M. Daley, who was the White House chief of staff at the time. “The president expressed frustration, saying we have got to scour everything and push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own.” For Mr. Obama, that...
  • Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals

    04/23/2012 7:16:30 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/23/2012 | Charlie Savage
    — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism. -snip- But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts “We Can’t Wait,” a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy...
  • Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals

    04/23/2012 11:07:41 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies ^ | 4.23.12 | Charlie Savage
    One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism. snip Aides say many more such moves are coming. Not just a short-term shift in governing style and a re-election strategy, Mr. Obama’s increasingly assertive use of executive action could foreshadow pitched battles over the separation of powers in his second term, should he win and Republicans consolidate their power in Congress. snip The unilateralist strategy carries political...
  • The Ron Paul Myth

    09/01/2011 12:44:44 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 67 replies
    Vanity | 9/1/11 | Alan Levy
    One of the lies Ron Paul's more vocal supporters (his army of cyberstormtroopers) will tell you until they're blue in the face is that the Shame of Texas has a strict constructionist view of the Constitution. They'll hiss, scratch, and burn a cross on your blog for daring to point out the obvious. In other words, they're like Chairman Obama's Drones, big on fascisti passion, small on critical thinking. Let's take a stroll down Memory Hole Lane, shall we ? Here is the text of Ayatollah RuPaul's interview with Neil Cavuto of FOX News back in 2009: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEIL CAVUTO,...
  • The Administration's Administrative Tyranny Marches On

    12/30/2010 6:38:29 PM PST · by lancer256 · 16 replies · 396+ views ^ | 12/30/10 | david limbaugh
    This administration is abusive enough when it acts outside its constitutional authority, but it is even more tyrannical when it affirmatively thwarts the express will of the Congress on matters within the legislative domain. When Congress denied Obama authority to transfer money to the International Monetary Fund, he did so anyway, issuing an executive order promising to give that body $140 billion for redistribution to Third World countries. Now he's made another mockery of bipartisanship and the Constitution in making six recess appointments, including two people so objectionable that a near supermajority of Democratic senators wouldn't confirm them: James Cole...
  • The Real Message of Monday’s Stem Cell Ruling

    08/25/2010 12:57:49 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 25, 2010 | Dan Miller
    It takes the Congress and the president to enact or to change laws; the president can't do it alone and neither can an administrative agency. The August 23, 2010, decision of Royce C. Lamberth, chief judge of U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C, in Sherley v. Sebelius has legal significance for one main reason: it reasserts the principle, occasionally lost sight of, that laws passed by the Congress and signed by the president — good, bad, or indifferent — trump both executive orders and the actions of administrative agencies. It is hardly a novel principle, and its application here was...
  • Flashback: Obama’s Promise on Using Executive Power to Change Laws

    Flashback: Obama’s Promise on Using Executive Power to Change Laws
  • Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power

    02/13/2010 4:42:59 PM PST · by Commonsensecommonman · 34 replies · 1,761+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2010 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.
  • Obama's Army of Czars Raises Concerns About Executive Power

    09/04/2009 12:57:38 AM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies · 1,560+ views ^ | July 16, 2009 | Wendell Goler
    President Obama finds himself the target of similar criticism he leveled at his predecessor for trying to increase executive power. --- Candidate Barack Obama criticized President Bush for trying to increase executive power. Now President Obama finds himself the target of similar criticism as his growing army of czars raises concerns and questions about his authority. Candidate Obama's complaints were usually about Bush excluding Congress from national security and civil liberty matters. But Republicans say his czars are shutting Congress out of health care and environmental issues. By some accounts, there are close to three dozen so-called czars in the...

    04/10/2009 2:17:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 336+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 10, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    THE National Security Act of 1947, a reor ganization of the foreign-policy and military apparatuses of the U.S. government, created what historians call "the national security state." Critics complain that the national security state vastly empowered government and cut the executive branch loose from legislative accountability. It marked the beginning of a hyperactive interventionism abroad. Domestically, all the same criticisms apply to the consequences of the Troubled Assets Relief Program, which marks a new era in American economic policy just as the 1947 act did in foreign policy. Since last fall, we have seen the rise of the TARP state...
  • Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps

    06/06/2008 9:50:35 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 12 replies · 181+ views
    NYT ^ | June 6th, 2008 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team. In a letter posted online by National Review this week, the adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said Mr. McCain believed that the Constitution gave Mr. Bush the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and e-mail without warrants, despite a 1978 federal statute that required court oversight of surveillance. Mr. McCain...
  • Rudy’s Authoritarian Tendencies

    10/31/2007 9:09:04 AM PDT · by Wuli · 27 replies · 49+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | 10/30/2007 | Steven L. Taylor
    Via yesterday’s WaPo is a column by David Greenberg that continues the theme I noted yesterday afternoon about Rudy Giuliani’s style of governance: Rudy a Lefty? Yeah, Right. The essay’s main thesis is that the usage of “moderate” or even “liberal” to describe Giuliani (as is frequently done in the press vis-a-vis his social stances, anyway) is inaccurate. Primarily he notes that the focus on abortion, guns and gays is too narrow in terms of defining Giuliani and, moreover, even argues that Giuliani’s positions on those issues are not “liberal” as they are made out to be. I specifically found...
  • Fight Over Documents May Favor Bush, Experts Say (Democrat hypocrisy alert)

    07/22/2007 11:37:46 AM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 15 replies · 920+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2007 | Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein
    The Bush administration's vow this week to block contempt charges from Congress could prove to be a successful strategy for protecting White House documents about the multiple firings of U.S. attorneys, Democratic legal scholars and legislative aides said yesterday. This week, Bush administration officials disclosed that they will never allow a U.S. attorney to pursue contempt charges on behalf of Congress, noting that the Justice Department cannot be required to act against a decision by the president. But administration officials and other legal scholars, including some Democrats, noted that Justice Department lawyers in the Clinton administration made a similar argument...
  • The Reno Precedent (Firing US Attorneys)

    03/15/2007 5:21:46 AM PDT · by edpc · 23 replies · 1,178+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 15, 2007 | Editorial
    THE LATEST they-do-it-too excuse for the undeniably botched and increasingly suspicious firings of U.S. attorneys involves the 1993 episode in which President Clinton's new attorney general, Janet Reno, unceremoniously dismissed the first Bush administration's holdover U.S. attorneys. By comparison with the Reno massacre, we are told, the Bush administration's canning of eight U.S. attorneys was positively restrained; if you suspect political motives in the current controversy, so the argument goes, consider that when he was ousted by Reno, the U.S. attorney in the District, Jay Stephens, was just weeks away from deciding whether to indict House Ways and Means Chairman...
  • Jeb Bush urged to intervene immediately:

    03/24/2005 10:24:20 AM PST · by spycatcher · 78 replies · 1,785+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 24, 2005 | WND
    STARVATION: DAY 7Jeb Bush urged to intervene immediatelyKeyes, Klayman in Tallahassee for face-to-face meeting Posted: March 24, 200511:35 a.m. Eastern © 2005 With legal and legislative options apparently exhausted, former Judicial Watch chairman Larry Klayman and former presidential candidate Alan Keyes are in Florida's capital trying to persuade Gov. Jeb Bush to use his executive powers to save Terri Schaivo's life. Klayman, a candidate last year for the U.S. Senate from Florida, believes that since Bush "is the supreme executive power of the state of Florida, he has the right and duty to step in and, in effect, pardon Terri Schaivo...
  • Legislation to Widen Texas Governor's Power

    05/05/2003 2:54:14 PM PDT · by ThJ1800 · 303+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 05/03/03 | CHRISTY HOPPE
    GOP-backed measures moving through the Legislature combine to give the governor's office, with its constitutionally limited duties, the most unprecedented infusion of power seen in a century. While some call the measures an unwarranted, sweeping power shift, others said the bills give the governor added authority that naturally flows from streamlining and limiting government – movements prompted by a $9.9 billion budget shortfall. Rep. David Swinford, R-Dumas, chairman of the Government Reform Committee, said the governor deserves and should get more direct authority. As committee chairman, he wrote a 412-page bill that would provide governors with new powers. He said...
  • Solution for Judicial Gridlock may lie in House

    10/22/2002 7:05:50 AM PDT · by Dutchgirl · 16 replies · 164+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/17/02 | John C. Eastman
    "In the President Alone" A Legislative Proposal to End the Confirmation Stalemate By John C. Eastman Posted October 17, 2002 This article appeared on the Thursday, October 17, 2002. Reprinted with permission of Wall Street Journal (c) 2002 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution held an important hearing (albeit one overlooked by the floor debate on the Iraq resolution), entitled "A Judiciary Diminished is Justice Denied: The Constitution, the Senate, and the Vacancy Crisis in the Federal Judiciary." Although there is nothing unusual in House subcommittee's holding hearings,...