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Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the branches of government traded checks and balances for sticks and stones. First, President Obama fired a shot across the Supreme Court's bow, saying that to strike down his health care law would be "an unprecedented, extraordinary step." Though not actually unprecedented, it would, in fact, be extraordinary -- but not as extraordinary as what came next: a Court of Appeals judge, hearing a related case, asked the Justice Department to turn in a three-page, single-spaced letter, signed by Eric Holder, explaining the executive branch's position on judicial review, a move that embarrassed even some conservative legal experts. The attorney general's response to the unusual homework assignment fell a bit short; it was only two-and-a-half pages long. Doesn't the AG know all he had to do was make his margins bigger, add a bibliography, and start off with a long quote?

Mike Sacks

Eric Holder Backs Up President's Supreme Court Comments | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Continuing the politically charged back-and-forth between the executive and judicial branches over President Barack Obama's health care ...

Sam Stein

Conservative Judge Lashes Out At Obama After Remarks About Judicial Independence | Sam Stein | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The wrangling between the judicial and executive branches over President Barack Obama's health care law grew even more contentious on Tu...