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  • Pay attention! But only to the stuff that really matters

    03/20/2017 10:17:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/17 | Herman Cain
    Don't lose sight of how things work This will probably be one of the most not-read commentaries on this site, because it is not politically sexy or provocative. It’s just a reminder of how our political process works, but too many people seem to go brain dead when patience is required, or get emotionally stressed over the small stuff. We have three co-equal branches of government, the Executive (headed by the president), the Legislative consisting of the House and the Senate, and the Judicial. It’s called a system of checks and balances even if we do not always agree with...
  • 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...
  • Hawaii Files Lawsuit to Block Trump’s New Immigration Executive Order

    03/08/2017 1:58:52 PM PST · by TheConservator · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 03/08/2017 | Mary Chastain
    And there it is! Hawaii has become the first to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on six nations. From The Hill: “The Executive Order means that thousands of individuals across the United States and in Hawai‘i who have immediate family members living in the affected countries will now be unable to receive visits from those persons or to be reunited with them in the United States,”. “It means that universities, employers, and other institutions throughout the United States and in Hawaii will be unable to recruit or to welcome qualified individuals from the six designated...
  • Trump signs executive orders to boost public safety, reduce drug trafficking

    02/09/2017 9:36:59 AM PST · by catnipman · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/9/2017 | Gabby Morrongiello
    President Trump issued a trio of executive orders geared toward crime and public safety. The orders were issued immediately after swearing in Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General on Thursday
  • Executive Order Court Discussion

    02/06/2017 8:56:26 AM PST · by George Rand · 27 replies
    George Rand
    Haven't seen anything regarding this whole ordeal with the 9th circus of appeals. If it goes to supreme court, a 4-4 ruling will have the lower court verdict finalized. I refuse to believe Trump's team didn't see this coming. Any thoughts?
  • The Web of Soros and How He Plans to Overturn Executive Orders

    02/05/2017 5:29:30 AM PST · by davikkm · 28 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    As is well publicized, a Seattle Federal judge has halted President Trump’ executive order pertaining to temporary travel restrictions. What is not more widely known is who is directly responsible for this halt. The MSM are hailing Judge James Robart’s temporary halt as a brave decision and a fight back against injustice. What the media are largely ignoring is that a judge only rules on a case, the case is brought by a plaintiff and the plaintiff is represented by a lawyer (or group of lawyers).
  • On Trial: Lawsuits Against Trump On ‘Muslim Immigration Ban’ Will Fail Fast

    01/29/2017 7:03:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    Law Newz ^ | Jan 28, 2017 | Robert Barnes
    On Trial: Lawsuits Against Trump On ‘Muslim Immigration Ban’ Will Fail Fast by Robert Barnes | 10:09 am, January 28th, 2017 Council American-Islamic Relations announced an intention to sue President Donald Trump over his executive order banning most immigrants from Syria, and other countries that lack certain vetting standards and have issues with terrorism. Overnight, refugees who were in the air on the way to the United States are now being detained, and have also filed legal actions. The ban is perceived by some as a partial Muslim ban. Either way, at any trial, the law supports Trump’s order, and...
  • Trump to Make HUGE Move Against United Nations...

    01/25/2017 9:04:58 PM PST · by montag813 · 40 replies
    TRN ^ | 01/26/2017 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsLast December, in the wake of the outrageous Obama betrayal of Israel at the United Nations, and moves by the U.N. to meddle in U.S. issues such as gun rights, Donald Trump promised that things would be different regarding America’s role in the United Nations once he was sworn in. Turns out, as with immigration and the border wall, Trump meant every word.Just 5 days into his presidency, Trump is putting the U.N. in his sights, preparing executive orders to fundamentally change the U.S. role in the international body that has become nothing but an anti-American club...
  • Trump's first executive order suspends mortgage insurance rate decrease

    01/23/2017 7:22:55 AM PST · by Dacula · 30 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | Jared Leone
    President Donald Trump’s first executive order blocked a mortgage insurance premium cut that would have reduced the cost of mortgages for millions of middle-class home buyers.
  • A Preview Of Trump's Seven Imminent Executive Orders

    01/22/2017 6:52:45 PM PST · by vannrox · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 22JAN17 | by Tyler Durden
    A Preview Of Trump's Seven Imminent Executive Orders by Tyler Durden Jan 22, 2017 4:26 PM 0 SHARES Having already signed a (mostly symbolic) executive order on Obamacare on Friday night, urging US agencies to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals, Trump is preparing to unload a volley of many more executive orders. Courtesy of Axios, which quotes "one of the best-wired Republican lobbyists in town", here is a preview of the initial round of Trump executive actions, some of which may hit as soon...
  • Trump White House tells agencies to halt regulations

    01/21/2017 9:58:50 PM PST · by catnipman · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/20/2017 | Lydia Wheeler
    President Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, issued a memo Friday night telling federal agencies to not issue any more regulations. Hours after his boss was sworn into office, Priebus told the agencies not to send any regulation to the Federal Register until the rule is reviewed and approved by the new president's appointed agency head. Any rule that’s already been sent to the Office of the Federal Register but not yet published must be withdrawn, the order says. For rules that were published in the last 60 days, Priebus told agencies to publish a notice to delay the effective...
  • Presidential Memorandum Eligibility of Multinational Force Observers Receive Defense Articles Serv

    11/16/2016 2:50:23 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 17 replies
    White House ^ | 11/16/2016 | Barrack Hussein Obama
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate ReleaseNovember 16, 2016 Presidential Memorandum -- Eligibility of the Multinational Force and Observers to Receive Defense Articles and Defense Services MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Eligibility of the Multinational Force and Observers to Receive Defense Articles and Defense Services Under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 503(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and section 3(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control...
  • Next great battle for conservatives: Keeping RINO insiders out of the administration

    11/14/2016 6:11:09 AM PST · by 198ml · 12 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/14/16 | Daniel Horowitz
    It’s no secret that Donald Trump is as much of a blank slate on policy as anyone who’s ever been elected president. Both supporters and opponents of the president-elect agree that Trump is still very malleable on many issues and has a lot to learn about both foreign and domestic policy. This is why it is critical for conservatives to win the ‘battle of personnel’ in the coming days. Failure to land conservative outsiders in key cabinet and advisory roles would be akin to failing to establish control of the beach head during the Normandy invasion. We can dream of...
  • Executive Order Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure(trnc)

    11/04/2016 11:25:46 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 30 replies
    the White House ^ | 11/04/2016 | Barack Hussein Obama
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 04, 2016 Executive Order -- Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure from Infectious Disease Threats EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ADVANCING THE GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY AGENDA TO ACHIEVE A WORLD SAFE AND SECURE FROM INFECTIOUS DISEASE THREATS 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. Policy. As articulated in the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats and...
  • EO -US Policy on Pre- and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in U.S. Operations

    10/16/2016 2:33:28 PM PDT · by milford421 · 6 replies
    The Whitehouse ^ | July 1, 2016 | Barack Obama
    (d) The policies set forth in this order are consistent with existing U.S. obligations under international law and are not intended to create new international legal obligations; nor shall anything in this order be construed to derogate from obligations under applicable law, including the law of armed conflict. Sec. 3. Report on Strikes Undertaken by the U.S. Government Against Terrorist Targets Outside Areas of Active Hostilities. (a) The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), or such other official as the President may designate, shall obtain from relevant agencies information about the number of strikes undertaken by the U.S. Government against terrorist...
  • Obama Signs Order To Prepare Nation For Solar Storms

    10/16/2016 2:14:03 PM PDT · by milford421 · 91 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/16/16 | Anthony Cuthbertson
    "An executive order was issued Thursday, October 14, that outlined the country’s contingency plan in the event such weather events lead to significant disruption to systems like the electrical power grid, satellite operations or aviation."
  • (Vanity)(Hillary's Jet) Any executive pilots on FR ?

    09/22/2016 10:27:14 PM PDT · by Celerity · 48 replies
    Self | 9/23/16 | Celerity
    Ever since Loretta Lynch met Bill Clinton at the end of June this year, I've been really bothered by something. Compelled to meditate on it and figure it out. I'm having some trouble, and need to ask for Freerepublic input. Loretta Lynch met Bill Clinton on the tarmac, and Bill entered Loretta's FBI-owned Government plane. There are reports of them entering a 3rd plane but nothing seems to support that claim. Now that we're all caught up, I'll let you know that I've been wracking my brain on this one. But one of the more sublime enigmas came more recently....
  • Obama Admin. Asks SCOTUS for Rehearing on Executive Amnesty

    07/19/2016 12:32:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/19/16 | Caroline May
    The Obama Administration is looking for a second bite at the apple, asking that the Supreme Court rehear a challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty programs. In a petition to the court, Acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn requested that the justices rehear the case once the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia is filled and the court stands at nine members. “Ordinarily, it is exceedingly rare for this Court to grant rehearing. But when this Court has conducted plenary review and then affirmed by vote of an equally divided court because of a vacancy rather than a disqualification,...
  • Executive Order -U.S. Policy on Pre-and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties

    07/13/2016 6:42:05 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 23 replies
    www.whitehouse.gov ^ | July 1, 2016 | Barack Obama
    train personnel, commensurate with their responsibilities, on compliance with legal obligations and policy guidance that address the protection of civilians and on implementation of best practices that reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties, including through exercises, pre-deployment training, and simulations of complex operational environments that include civilians;
  • Presidential Appointments and Managing the Executive Branch

    05/11/2016 1:53:54 PM PDT · by mbarker12474
    Political Appointee Project ^ | not sure, ca. 2010? | James Pfiffner
    pulled quote: "... Since Roosevelt’s Presidency, the Executive Office of the President has gained about 2,000 people, and the number of political appointees has increased to more than 7,000. Setting aside White House staffers and about 3,000 part time Presidential appointments, each new President fills about 3,000 positions with his or her partisans. To lead departments and agencies, contemporary Presidents make appointments to about 800 full time PAS positions, which require Senate confirmation (not including US attorneys, US marshals, or ambassadors, which are also PAS). In addition, each new administration can appoint partisans amounting to 10% of the Senior Executive...
  • Obama to sign executive order to ignite corporate competition

    04/15/2016 5:59:00 AM PDT · by Washi · 48 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Sinclair | Nicole
    On Friday, President Barack Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order directing every relevant agency of the Federal government to take steps in identifying bottlenecks to competition and to create new ways to increase competition in the economy. The Executive Order puts agencies on a fast-track path to, within 60 days, identify the steps they’ll take. “Competition is good for consumers,” Obama told Yahoo Finance in an interview at the White House on Thursday. “And ultimately it's good for business. That's the way the free market works. The more competition we have, the more products, services, innovation takes place.”...
  • Carly Fiorina endorses Ted Cruz

    03/09/2016 7:41:06 AM PST · by Kegger · 433 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/09/16 10:38 AM EST | SHANE GOLDMACHER
    MIAMI — Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday in a surprise appearance in Miami. "I checked the box for Ted Cruz,” Fiorina said.
  • Onama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort (New Executive Order)

    02/10/2016 1:20:11 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    IAPP.org ^ | 02/09/2016 | Sam Pfeifle
    Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort https://iapp.org/news/a/obama-establishes-federal-privacy-council-as-part-of-massive-cyber-effort/ Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort Sam Pfeifle The Privacy Advisor | Feb 9, 2016 Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort As part of his 2017 budget proposal for the United States, President Barack Obama is including $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts, a 35-percent increase over fiscal year 2016. The funds will go toward a Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which includes the hiring of a chief information security officer, a $3.1 billion fund for IT modernization at the...
  • Despite Pressure ABC News Doesn't Budge, Refuses to Allow Carly Fiorina to Debate Saturday

    02/05/2016 7:32:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    ABC News announced the lineup for Saturday's GOP presidential debate in Manchester late Thursday evening. Seven candidates will take the stage just three days before the New Hampshire primary. For Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will not be one of them despite beating rivals John Kasich and Chris Christie in the Iowa caucus. She's also beating Dr. Ben Carson in New Hampshire polling.  .@ABC reveals Republican candidates participating in Saturday's #GOPDebate https://t.co/phaAPdGLAh pic.twitter.com/VHuGgmlBd4— ABCNews PR (@ABCNewsPR) February 5, 2016 Fiorina is responding with accusations the "game is rigged." "I've been telling you the game is rigged. And here's even more...
  • Do Not Close The Book On Carly Fiorina

    02/04/2016 8:38:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and now Rand Paul.  All were considered to be serious candidates for the Republican nomination for president and all have dropped out.Carly Fiorina began the campaign with far less name recognition, far less money, and yet her national profile has grown and when she speaks people hang on every word.  She has far outlasted the so-called heavyweights, do not count her out.While I have yet to endorse  in the GOP presidential race, what has so impressed me about Carly is the drive, persistence and consistency she has shown throughout the entire process.  She...
  • 'Disservice': Pundits, Politicians Frustrated Fiorina Left Off NH Debate Stage

    02/04/2016 1:48:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina feels ill-treated after being left off the debate stage this weekend in New Hampshire - and some in the media agree with her. "Our debate process is broken," Fiorina said Wednesday in a letter to the Republican National Committee (RNC), which is partnering with ABC News to host the debate. "Networks are making up these debate rules as they go along -- not to be able to fit candidates on the stage -- but arbitrarily to decide which candidates make for the best TV in their opinion.” Her campaign released an email Thursday morning asking...
  • Are Executive Orders Constitutional?

    01/23/2016 7:02:41 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 29 replies
    In Article I Section I of the Constitution it is clear that all legislative powers reside in Congress. The Executive Branch has the responsibility to execute the laws passed by Congess. An Executive Order is not legislation it is a order issued by the President to enforce laws passed by the Congress. While Executive Orders are not mentioned in the Constitution it has been a precedent for a President to issue Executive Orders that he deems to be necessary and proper. The "Necessary and Proper" clause in the Constitution found in Article I Section 8 was not intended to give...
  • Obama's Executive Orders Longer And More Restrictive Than Previous Administrations

    01/05/2016 8:47:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/5/16 | Ali Meyer
    Since President Obama has taken office, the length of the executive orders he has issued now exceeds the length of the executive orders issued by former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to a count from the Federal Register. Additionally, the executive orders that President Obama has issued includes more restrictive language than previous administrations. In January 2014, President Obama emphasized in a Cabinet meeting that he would not just sit idle and wait for Congress to introduce legislation. "I've got a pen and I’ve got a phone—and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and...
  • Obama Executive Order May Require Those Selling Even a Single Firearm to Become Licensed Dealers

    01/04/2016 5:17:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/4/16 | Stephen Gutowski
    The Obama administration announced during a conference call with reporters Monday evening that the president’s upcoming executive order may require somebody selling even a single firearm to obtain a Federal Firearms License. During the call White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained the details of the order, which will be announced publicly by President Obama Tuesday at 11:40 a.m. The action, officials explained, would include guidance on how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will now determine who is “engaged in the business” of selling firearms under...
  • Ben Sasse to Senate colleagues: Will you oppose President Trump if he acts unilaterally?

    12/18/2015 8:05:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    For your Friday evening viewing pleasure, the third major speech he’s delivered in the last few months demanding more leadership from his colleagues. The first, in early November, was a general indictment of Senate dysfunction. The second, which came just last week, was a plea for clarity in the war on radical Islam, especially from Obama. This one is a hard knock on both parties for cowering as the executive branch gobbles up more and more of Congress’s prerogatives. And the hook, as any media-savvy pol nowadays would insist on, is Trump. That comes right at the beginning (transcript here);...
  • Obama signed Behavioral Health Executive Order

    09/15/2015 4:34:30 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/15/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Obama Issues Executive Order for the government to use individual's behavioral data.
  • SCOTUS to the Executive Branch: We’ll take it from here

    06/26/2015 12:00:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6-25-2015 | Gabriel Malor
    The surprising thing about King v. Burwell, is not that subsidies were upheld. That was always a possibility (although not one I favored). The surprise, as with NFIB before it, was how Chief Justice Roberts did it. His decisions on Obamacare give one the impression that he’s not really paying attention to the arguments in front of him. In NFIB, the fight was overwhelmingly focused on whether the individual mandate was authorized by the commerce clause of the Constitution. Then Roberts came out of nowhere to hold that the individual mandate was authorized under the tax clause. It was a...
  • Sandy Rios: Obama 'Enjoyed' Charleston Shooting

    06/19/2015 3:35:26 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    RightwingWatch ^ | Brian Tashman
    Sandy Rios, the American Family Association’s director of governmental affairs, attacked President Obama today for his response to the Charleston shooting, which she said is proof that he “enjoys” such incidents because it will give him another chance to “remove guns from the hands of the American people.”
  • Why the Senators’ Letter to Iran Was Both Appropriate and LEGALLY Necessary

    04/02/2015 7:31:21 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | March 16, 2015 | Rob Natelson
    Suppose you are in a general partnership with Smith. Smith handles day-to-day management, subject to your approval. But recently, he’s been acting somewhat high-handedly. Without consulting you, Smith is busy negotiating a contract with Macropus International Corp., a company notorious for unscrupulous practices. Smith has made it clear he plans to bind your firm whether you like it or not. You know that under the law of general partnerships, unless you speak up Smith will be able to lock you and your firm into a very bad deal. This is because, as a rule, any partner in a general partnership...
  • Pew poll: Heavy majority thinks Congress,

    03/30/2015 4:56:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A heavy majority, but maybe not heavy enough. If McConnell can’t muster more than 62 votes in the Senate to override an Obama veto of whatever Congress chooses passes. we’ll be stuck with this Iran sh*tburger until January 2017 at the earliest. And probably much longer than that, if we’re being honest. Nice to see President Overreach get a rebuke in the polls, though. Which is different from expecting any sort of meaningful public backlash if he makes a deal over Congress’s objections.At first glance that looks like a neatly consistent result. Americans favor giving their representatives the final say...
  • Obama’s Executive Overreach at It Again: This Time, It’s ANWR

    02/01/2015 9:11:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/30/15 | IER
    On Sunday, President Obama announced that he will recommend to Congress that it should designate 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness.[i] When briefing the press about the plan, Presidential Advisor John Podesta said that regardless of the law and Congressional action, the administration was going to manage these 12 million acres as if it had been designated as wilderness by Congress. That means that ANWR will be unavailable to resource development. In 1980, Congress set aside some of the acreage in ANWR (the “1002 area,” comprising the Coastal Plain) for future consideration of oil...
  • Obama Signs Executive Order Closing Congress [its ok, calm down]

    01/29/2015 10:37:19 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 17 replies
    The NY'ker | January 29, 2015 | Andy Borowitz
    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a historic Oval Office ceremony on Thursday morning, President Barack Obama signed an executive order closing Congress, effective immediately. The President said that the move would dramatically increase the efficiency of the federal government, noting how much he had accomplished since he stopped working with Congress in November. Additionally, he said, the elimination of Congress would result in annual savings of more than five billion dollars, which Obama said would be refunded to American taxpayers. Acknowledging that “some sticklers” would argue that the Constitution calls for three branches of government, the President said, “All this order...
  • Obama To Unilaterally Normalize Relations With Cuba

    12/17/2014 6:24:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    resident Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba today, including opening an embassy in Cuba."We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests," Obama claimed, "And instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."Specifically, the White House took three major steps today as part of their "New Course on Cuba": Initiating discussions to reestablish diplomatic relations, including a U.S. embassy in Havana, and a Cuban embassy in the United States.A review, by the State Department, of Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.Relaxing of regulations to facilitate the...
  • Federal judge: Obama’s executive amnesty is unconstitutional

    12/16/2014 2:36:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via WaPo, it’s now officially a mixed-blessings news day for Jeb Bush fans. Two issues here. One: Does Obama enjoy more power to craft policy if Congress is deadlocked between the two parties? Ezra Klein says yes, I say no. Two: How far can Obama go in crafting policy in the name of “prosecutorial discretion”? No one disputes that he can prioritize one illegal immigrant’s deportation case over another’s. If he can do that for one person, why can’t he do it systematically for five million? At what point does “prosecutorial discretion” become unconstitutional legislation by presidential diktat?Judge Arthur Schwab’s...
  • BREAKING: FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES BLOW AT OBAMA EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    12/16/2014 11:43:02 AM PST · by amnestynone · 93 replies
    Powerline blog ^ | DECEMBER 16, 2014 | Steven Hayward
    the top 14 “movers and shakers” in health care in 2014 because his legal analysis led to the upcoming Supreme Court case on Obamacare’s state subsidies that may blow the ACA sky high. Anyway, Jon flags a U.S. District Court opinion out this morning that finds Obama’s immigration executive action exceeds the proper understanding of “prosecutorial discretion”: According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights...
  • White House: When Obama said he changed the law on immigration, he was speaking “colloquially”

    12/02/2014 5:39:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    After this, the word “colloquially” should be added to the definition of “Kinsleyan gaffe” — i.e. when a politician accidentally tells the truth … colloquially. That’s what Obama did last week when he shooed away a heckler by casually reassuring him that he had changed the law on immigration — which was true. With Congress unwilling to impeach and the next president unlikely for political reasons to cancel Obama’s order, his amnesty will survive as the de facto law of the land until either conservatives win the White House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate or the two parties...
  • The Constitution: Dead or Alive?

    12/02/2014 11:38:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 1, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s interesting that some of those who would make the “living Constitution” argument seem most anxious to put the old parchment to rest. “What’s coming will be painful, frustrating, and dangerous—and it will illustrate a constitutional malfunction unforeseen in 1787,” Garrett Epps writes in The Atlantic. “The country will survive, and it’s possible it can even make progress—but at tremendous cost in polarization and missed opportunity.” “The country is like a car driving with the handbrake on: Any movement forward will be accompanied by smoke and internal damage.”Epps is a professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Baltimore. “So...
  • Gauntlet is thrown; Obama spurns the People, Congress

    11/27/2014 7:50:51 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/27/14 | A. Dru Kristenev
    We could allow each new "authorization" from the Oval Office scofflaw to undermine our nation, or we could meet the challenge by effectively applying our Constitution Immigration reform, Keystone XL, net neutrality, ObamaCare manipulation (Gruber disclosures), bankrupting coal, bankrupting business... Don’t forget the president’s encouraging the choreographed protests that followed the grand jury’s lack of an indictment of Officer Darren Wilson and Obama’s champion Eric Holder’s unwillingness to accept the ruling. With every one of these issues the president has had a field day challenging not just Congress, but the vast majority of the American People. And he does it...
  • WaPo: Four Pinocchios for Obama on Bush 41 amnesty claim

    11/24/2014 7:07:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Actually, Glenn Kessler gives Peak Pinocchio to both Barack Obama and his press secretary Josh Earnest for disseminating a dishonest argument intended to bolster the notion that Obama’s predecessors used executive power for amnesty. The argument actually began on Wednesday afternoon as Earnest laid out the structure of the defense: Q What executive actions that were taken in the past regarding immigration would involve millions of people like this upcoming one?MR. EARNEST: There are a couple of them. President George H.W. Bush — I believe this was -— I think this would have been– I’m not sure what year this...
  • Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says ‘Nyet’ to Presidency for Life

    11/24/2014 6:48:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | Alexander Kolyandr
    Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says ‘Nyet’ to Presidency for Life By Alexander Kolyandr Nov. 23, 2014 MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn’t aim to hold his post for life but doesn’t rule out seeking another term in 2018, a move that could make him the country’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. In an interview with state-controlled TASS news agency, the 62-year-old Mr. Putin said that for him to remain “in the president’s chair forever” is “not good, and (is) detrimental for the country, and I do not need it as well.” But when asked whether he would...
  • 'We Will Not Engage': Michele Bachmann Reveals GOP Plans to Ignore Executive Amnesty

    11/23/2014 6:23:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 226 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 11-23-2014 | Robert Wilde
    Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steven K. Bannon asked the congresswoman, who was a guest on Breitbart News Saturday Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, “Has there been any firm commitment from the leadership of the Republican party saying that this amnesty is not going to happen?” Bachmann replied with a question, “Do you want the truth? Okay, I’ll tell all of Breitbart listeners what happened this week. I was floored!” In the weekly meeting called “Republican Conference” in the House of Representatives, “we all knew that the big issue for the week was going to be the president announcing his amnesty,”...
  • What could a Republican president do with Obama's executive power theories?

    11/22/2014 9:30:46 PM PST · by zencycler · 16 replies
    Vox ^ | November 21, 2014 | Andrew Prokop
    It's not just deportation policy. As I described in a recent feature, Obama has effectively modified or refused to enforce key provisions of laws ranging from the Affordable Care Act to No Child Left Behind. He really has expanded the scope of executive power in some novel ways. So at a moment when many liberals are cheering Obama for taking action on deportation policy, it's worth considering how future Republican presidents could use these precedents to their own ends. Several commentators have been floating various possibilities about how the GOP could take advantage of those powers in ways Democrats would...
  • What Executive Orders Will You Impose? Should This Now Be The #1 POTUS Debate Issue?

    11/22/2014 11:03:13 AM PST · by zencycler · 49 replies
    self | 11/22/2014 | self
    Maybe the best way to fight the Obama power grab is to show how it opens up the floodgates. So maybe all the GOP candidates should now start talking about what executive orders they would impose. After all, if we establish the precedent that the POTUS can flout the will of Congress by using EO's, then we would naturally start expecting presidents to use that to pursue their agenda, and we would want to know in advance for which issues they would likely consider using that new found power. So let's put that out there! If this precedent gets established,...
  • How BIG is The Executive? Cabinet Growth as a small example. [Vanity]

    11/20/2014 3:27:27 PM PST · by SES1066 · 11 replies
    Self
    With President Obama expanding on his power, an amateur historian like myself looks to past growth of the Executive Branch and in this post looking at the number of Cabinet (Departmental) positions and their growth. How many can give the number of these positions currently and how that has changed? It is an interesting progression and given my preference for minimalist governance, frightening!
  • Rush Limbaugh: Reagan Never Took Executive Action – “This Is Bald-Faced Flat-Out Lie” (Video)

    11/19/2014 9:05:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/19/14 | Jim Hoft
    Reagan signed an immigration statute – Obama is passing executive amnesty. Rush Limbaugh broke down the dishonest liberal talking points today. Watch liberal Juan Williams get caught in a bald-faced lie. Via Special Report: