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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...

The Silence of the Sheep

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

I recently reported that Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair acknowledged that "the U.S. may, with executive approval, deliberately target and kill U.S. citizens who are suspected of being involved in terrorism."

The Imperial Presidency

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Statements by the administration that the president may be considering picking and choosing among provisions of laws passed by Congress, like Bush, are disturbing.

This Week In Magazines: Obama The "Self-Entangling Giant"

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

No matter how much he might disdain the W. presidency, especially when it came to misuse of executive branch power, Barack Obama may be a "self-entangling giant" who is going down the same perilous path.

A Dialogue on Leadership in Uncertain Times: Session 3

Jan Birchfield, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Birchfield, Ph.D

Humility arises when we see through the illusion of personal identification with power; this increases the chance that we will use it in service of something larger than ourselves.

I Want You to Sell Your Body!

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We grouse about Congress people prostituting themselves all the time. If we believe in health care, we may have to do the same, as it were.

Our Shadowy Government: Czars, Health Reform, And Bush's Resurgence

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Criticism of Obama and the czar "system" is overblown. In fact, a czar's power comes not from dictatorial authority, but from humble restraint.

Sahil Kapur

Transparency Groups Urge Obama To Involve Public In Executive Order Revisions | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama prepares to modify the rules of executive power, 21 public advocacy groups and individuals are fighting to make sure he fulfills hi...

Wilderness Warrior: Douglas Brinkley's New Historical Epic of Theodore Roosevelt Has Key Lessons for Our Time

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul Abrams

When Roosevelt preserved a natural wonder or habitat, he was accused of being a socialist. The same battles are still being waged against the same forces and with the same terminology.

The Real Ugly Truth

Tracey Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tracey Jackson

When I read Ms. Dargis and all the other critics who sight Nicole Eastman, and Lutz and Smith as being unfunny or not able to deliver or "peddle shamelessly," all I can do is yell.

President Obama's Clear Abuse Of Power Cited By...Senator Obama

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rob Warmowski

Those who sought legal idealism from the Obama administration won't be getting it, and those who saw a bloated, creeping Executive branch under Bush/Cheney have not, after all, voted in a choirboy.

Jason Linkins

Sotomayor An Unknown Quantity On Executive Power Issues | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Back in the dark ages of, say, yesterday, when I had settled into the (totally wrong) mindset that today's nomination announcement was going the way o...

The Groundwork Has Already Been Laid for Martial Law

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Bush laid the groundwork for an imperial presidency and a potentially totalitarian government -- a state of affairs that has not ended with Barack Obama's ascension to the Oval Office, despite hopes to the contrary.

Dialing Back Dick: It's Time to Look Back and Scale Back the Enhanced Powers of the Bush Oval Office

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Now that we have a Democrat President and Congress, perhaps it is time to show proof to the American people about just how effective Bush tactics really were in keeping us safe.

Executive Vigor Without Executive Arrogance III: Three Steps Away from the Unitary Presidency

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

My last two posts focused on whether a newly inaugurated President Obama can move energetically to displace Bush-era policy without embracing a radica...

Executive Vigor Without Executive Arrogance II: A Primer on Executive Orders

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

If the President issues a pardon, no later President can undo it. After George H. W. Bush pardoned the Iran-Contra defendants, Presidents Clinton could not say: "Hold on! I'm taking those pardons back!"

Executive Vigor Without Executive Arrogance I: Ending the Reign of Signing Statements

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

With supporters clamoring for the new president to wipe away Bush-era policies with a stroke of a pen, how can the new president wield his own pen without embracing the Bush assault on constitutionalism?

Lame Duck Prosecution: Are Nuclear Pardons in the Works?

Lynne Glasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynne Glasner

Is there any intention of pursuing prosecution before or after January 20? Nadler has strongly condemned the idea of preemptive pardons, something incompatible with our democracy.

After the (Grand Old) Party: Don't Go Home Just Yet

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

If the crowds celebrating Obama's victory go home in 2009, his Administration will achieve disappointing results. The President-Elect will confront a variety of national and global crises.

Moderate Republicans Unhappy With Party's New Principles

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

The Republican Party is a ghost of its original self. It's no wonder reasonable, tolerant, progressive Republicans are jumping ship, while new recruits to the Party are diminishing.

Give Unto Batman That Which is Batman's

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
James Block

As the nation prepares to close out the final chapter of the Bush 43 administration, it might be informative to reconsider the pinnacle of the era's popular culture. Sometimes even a box office smash can tell us things we don't want to hear.

Bankers Blink at Paulson's Unprecedented Power, Shock and Awe; So Should We!

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Kall

Come November 5th, when the election is over, Congress has an obligation to protect us from the final days of Bush and Cheney.