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  • The U.S. doesn’t need a king, but might as well have one

    11/06/2016 5:27:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 6, 2016 | Taylor Millard
    The latest suggestion to end the political rancor in America is…a monarchy! Nikolai Tolstoy writes in The New York Times how a king or queen would make America more stable. Indeed, the modern history of Europe has shown that those countries fortunate enough to enjoy a king or queen as head of state tend to be more stable and better governed than most of the Continent’s republican states. By the same token, demagogic dictators have proved unremittingly hostile to monarchy because the institution represents a dangerously venerated alternative to their ambitions.Reflecting in 1945 on what had led to the rise...
  • Abolish the Senate. It’s the only way to rein in modern presidents.

    08/30/2016 7:37:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 154 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2016 | John Bicknell
    With the prospect of a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton on the horizon, the growing trend toward the executive acting without the consent of Congress is troubling to all political stripes. Both parties claim to worry about a strong presidency, at least if the other party is in the White House. That trend has been exacerbated by President Obama, but it certainly didn’t start with him. With the exception of Calvin Coolidge, every president of the 20th and 21st centuries contributed to the problem. Many proposals to address the imperial presidency have been floated over the decades....
  • Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It

    08/13/2016 6:46:50 AM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Aug 2016 | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Mr. Obama will leave the White House as one of the most prolific authors of major regulations in presidential history. In nearly eight years in office, President Obama has sought to reshape the nation with a sweeping assertion of executive authority and a canon of regulations that have inserted the United States government more deeply into American life. Once a presidential candidate with deep misgivings about executive power, Mr. Obama will leave the White House as one of the most prolific authors of major regulations in presidential history. Blocked for most of his presidency by Congress, Mr. Obama has sought...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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....
  • HIGH COURT LIMITS PRESIDENT'S APPOINTMENTS POWER

    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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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. http://bit.ly/6v3JWW 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...