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Executive Orders

Kate Sheppard

Obama Moves To Protect Against Flooding From Rising Sea Levels | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday directing federal, state and local agencies to incorporate projections for s...

A New Era in Illinois Politics?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Executive Mansion in Springfield, could this really be the beginning of a new, cooperative era in Illinois politics?

The GOP on Immigration: Life Imitating Satire -- And Vice Versa

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

While I enjoyed Borowitz' delicious satirical cake, it is ironic but yet a sign of the (political) times, that other Republicans have now stepped forward in the wake of the President's speech on immigration with statements that trounce Borowitz' satire.

Obama's Executive Orders: Can We Talk?

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As Washington leaders charge headlong into a clash over President Obama's plan to issue executive orders on immigration, can we take a minute and talk about what executive orders are?

DC Strikers Demand 'More Than the Minimum' for Federal Workers

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Who is our government for? The broad masses of regular, working people or a very few already-wealthy people?

Igor Bobic

Paul Aide: No, Rand Doesn't Want To Repeal Every Executive Order | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised eyebrows on Thursday when he vowed to "repeal all previous executive orders" if elected president, a dramatic move that ...

Can Health Care Success Be Health Care Disaster?

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."

Obama Can Win a Huge Victory in the Fight on His Immigration Executive Orders... But Only If He Does It Right

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

President Obama is soon to issue executive orders on immigration. To score a huge victory in the inevitable political battle, however, he has to orchestrate it for maximum impact.

President Obama's Executive Pen Powers The Right Challenge To GOP

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It's not really the number or rate of executive orders, however, that Obama has issued that has raised the hackles of the GOP. It's the executive orders that he has issued that have given the GOP ammunition to attempt to intimidate and politically bash Obama.

Republicans Are Stripping Away Rights That Others Fought So Hard to Obtain

Mark Baer | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

Since the Supreme Court issued its decision, many people have suggested boycotting Hobby Lobby and other such businesses. While I support such a decision, it misses the bigger issue.

GOP Continues Push For Frivolous Obama Lawsuit Despite History Of Executive Orders

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

This is a frivolous lawsuit. Nothing more. It relies almost entirely on the cynical notion that most Americans are frustratingly uneducated about the functioning of the U.S. government, while also dreadfully forgetful when it comes to history that took place just five or ten years ago.

Conservatives Go on Offense Against IRS, RINOs, Executive Orders. They Winning or Whining?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


Insurgents this week are pushing for regime change... in the U.S.. Is ISSA our ISIS -- and Lois Lerner really Nixon? Lowry and Alter clash whether the IRS is a true scandal or not even a "smidgeon" of one.

Obama: Congress Doesn't Do Anything 'Except Block Me And Call Me Names'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Faced with the threat of legal action over his use of executive power, President Barack Obama pointed his finger squarely back at congressional Republ...

The President, the Pen, the Phone, and the States

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'm often asked what President Obama can really accomplish on the economy with just "the pen and the phone," i.e., what can he do without Congress.

President Obama's Justified Executive Authority

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Eugene Scalia and Rachel Mondl call on the federal courts to overturn President Obama's executive order requiring most federal contractors to pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour.

Obama's Executive Action Statements More Irresponsible Than Unconstitutional

Tom Mullen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

President Obama provided plenty of fodder for conservatives to howl "Dictator!" during his State of the Union address last week. If past experience is any indicator of what the President will actually do, his statements are more irresponsible than unconstitutional.

State of the Union, Family-Style!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A president talking to a stubborn Congress? Or something even closer to home? ...

A Reality Check on Executive Orders and the 'Dictator Obama' Myth

Bob Cesca | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The congressional Republicans and the conservative entertainment complex has lost its collective shpadoinkle over President Obama's slate of new executive orders. In fact, George W. Bush signed more orders in his first four years than President Obama has signed in just over five.

5 Things To Know About Executive Orders

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new go-it-alone strategy: When Congress blocks his way, the president says he plans to act on his own...

Obama Bouncing Back?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may all be starry-eyed optimism, I fully admit (this whole column is going to be pretty rosy-tinted, just to warn everyone). But it does have some basis in reality.

Obama Should Stop Talking and Start Acting on Equal Pay

Martha Burk | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Obama said Congress should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would outlaw the practice of prohibiting employees from discussing their pay with others, and also allow the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect some pay data by race and gender. But it's half a loaf at best.

Obama Pushing Back Against Liberals Pushing For Executive Orders

AP | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack is pushing back against liberals who are urging him to act unilaterally to take steps Congress has blocked. O...

An Executive Order Whose Time Has Come

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, when I say "federal contractor," you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we're talking about here.

Cybersecurity -- Getting It Right This Time

Susan Landau | Posted 04.15.2013 | Technology
Susan Landau

The administration has put out an executive order on cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. Congress is not happy. But I think that this order largely gets things right.

Executive Orders on Guns Good Start but Congress Is Still the Cure

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

President Obama's unilateral White House action on gun control is a good start. But Obama took the action precisely because he knows that gun control legislation is a virtual dead letter in Congress at least for the time being.