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Executive Power

Debt Ceiling and Guns: Using Presidential Authority to the Fullest

Robert Reich | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Anyone who thinks congressional Republicans will roll over on the debt ceiling or gun control or other pending hot-button issues hasn't been paying attention. But the president can use certain tools that come with his office to achieve some of his objectives.

The Power of the President

Mike Lux | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

It's not just legal action that is important here either: the regulations being written right now under Dodd-Frank will go a long ways toward either helping or hurting our chances of getting back on the path to a strong economy.

How Presidential War Came Out of the Shadows -- and We Went Into Them

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the last decade a high-tech, privatized, covert version of war has become presidential property, fought at the White House's behest by robots, warrior corporations, and two presidentially controlled "private" forces.

Leader, Teleprompted: Why Executives Must Master the Machine

Connie Dieken | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

As an executive, you're called upon to deliver important messages to your organization and the marketplace. People look to you to set the tone in public speaking. You want to come across as a strong leader, but natural. That's why you need to master the Teleprompter.

Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Noam Chomsky | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet the millennial anniversary of Magna Carta. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.

House Votes on Immigration: An Opportunity for Bolder Executive Action

Mary Giovagnoli | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Mary Giovagnoli

There's still time to turn the ship around, starting with bolder, more concrete action to protect DREAMers from deportation and better implementation of the existing prosecutorial discretion memos.

Obama Uses Executive Power To Bypass Congress | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, ai...

Recess Appointments and President Obama's Surprising Restraint

Peter M. Shane | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

For all the brouhaha surrounding President Obama's recess appointments this week of three new members for the National Labor Relations Board and of Ri...

Promises, Promises: President Obama's NDAA Signing Statement

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Back when he was a candidate, then-Senator Obama criticized President George W. Bush for his frequent reliance on signing statements to circumvent Congressional intent. What a difference executive power makes.

Theodore Roosevelt Vintage Cartoons At The Library Of Congress

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.28.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- "Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt" is a new book put out by D.C.-based Regnery Publishing. It's a biography of the wi...

Effective Immigration Enforcement, Not Failure to Enforce the Law

Donald Kerwin | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

U.S. immigration policy still needs to be fixed. The American people would be better served if Congress worked towards constructive solutions to this challenge, rather than engaged in political theater.

Obama, Libya, and Executive Power

Kent Greenfield | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

Up until this week, I would have said that George W. Bush was the most aggressive president in modern times in exercising executive power. Now, I can honestly say President Obama is giving "W." a run for his money.

To Hell with the Constitution: Obama Goes To War

Michael Ratner | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Michael Ratner

Barack Obama's decision to bomb Libya is another shocking example of his grab for the kind of executive power he eschewed in his predecessor's administration -- so long as he was still a candidate.

Not Defending DOMA: A Conscientious and Responsible Decision

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

A distinguished fellow law professor, Adam Winkler, has recently argued that the Obama Administration's decision not to defend the constitutionality o...

The Power of the President

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives need to spend less time commiserating over all the good things that Congress should do but won't, and more time thinking about the things Obama could do if he aggressively seized the reins of government.

Peter S. Goodman

Republicans Criticizing Elizabeth Warren's Lack Of Transparency Had No Problems With Dick Cheney | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Recently enough that you may still recall it, a secretive, paranoid man who had previously headed a major multinational energy company found himself v...

Lucia Graves

Rate 10 Things Obama Could Do Without Congress | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has the executive authority to bypass a hostile Republican House of Representatives and a bitterly divided Senate...

Doing Better Than Barack

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Recently, I feel transported back to the Clinton impeachment. You remember: a married man who received oral pleasure from someone other than his wife ...

Shadow Elite: What's Behind Surging Executive Power? Globalization

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saskia Sassen

With a new emergent phase of democratic and quasi democratic regimes, can enhanced executive power linked to globalization be reoriented to better, noncommercial goals, like climate change, global hunger, or poverty?

Shadow Elite: Warrantless Wiretap Case & Obama: Abuse of Executive Power?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Last week's ruling that the warrantless wiretapping from the post 9-11 era is illegal was not just a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration. It also slammed the current administration.

The Power of Promotion

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

So in the end, who makes the best managers? Which individuals get the most out of their teams and produce the best business results for their employers?

Elena Kagan and the Limits of Executive Power

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Kagan may very well prove to be an albatross around the Obama administration, both in real time and in the textbooks, as she represents the Executive Branch far outpacing the courts.

The Problem With Elena Kagan Is Barack Obama

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Elena Kagan -- safe, no record, never challenged power in any meaningful way, never stood up for progressive ideology, beloved by the establishment in Washington -- the perfect Obama candidate. I'm tired of it.

The President's Power Tools

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William S. Becker

On Capitol Hill, the ship of state is so bereft of rudder and sail that the crew is jumping overboard. The latest to abandon ship is Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.

Obama Administration Gears Up For Increased Use Of Executive Orders

The New York Times | Peter Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his execut...