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Signing Statements

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Gutsy Move

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Foggy Points of View on Bergdahl

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What at first seemed very clear-cut almost instantly became clouded in fog. This fog may clear some when the Army makes a formal statement about the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban, but until that point the speculation is running pretty wild.

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.

The GOP and Presidential Power

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we begin the countdown to the November elections, let's appreciate how much American governance has become a debate over presidential power -- from health care, to the economy, to foreign policy.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Defies Congress On Czars, Gitmo | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama left town Friday for vacation not only pocketing a victory on the payroll tax, but leaving behind a message of defiance ...

Michael McAuliff

President Obama Tells Congress He's Keeping His Czars | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama had a message for Congress Friday: his so-called "czars" aren't going anywhere. The budget bill that passed Co...

Why Obama Must Embrace the Veto Strategy

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Barack Obama understands that the country wants a president who acts. And as the new, Tea Party-tainted Congress is spoiling for confrontation, now is the ideal moment for a true veto strategy.

Dan Froomkin

Obama Faces Balancing Act With Signing Statement | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House officials are drafting a statement for President Barack Obama to issue when he signs the latest military spending bill, rejecting provisio...

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.

"Bomb Power," or How the Atomic Bomb Ended a War, Increased Presidential Power and Eroded the Constitution

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Alderman

While the bomb ended World War II, it also started a chain reaction that exploded into America's permanent secret security state -- with emphasis on the word 'permanent.'

Jason Linkins

White House Seeking Budgetary Tool Similar To Line-Item Veto | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Remember how back in 1996, then President Bill Clinton was accorded the line-item veto power by Congress for a brief period of time? Those were a neat...

Why Does Obama Use Executive Power for Everything But Gay Troops?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Sometimes moral and political leadership really are one and the same. Ending the needless firing of gay troops is one of those times.

Jeff Muskus

House Chairs Push Back Against Obama Signing Statements | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats issued a warning to President Obama on Tuesday: Cool it with the signing statements. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the Financial Ser...

President Obama's Signing Statements and Congress's Response: A Return to Separation of Powers Sanity?

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

The intriguing debate continues on President Obama's use of signing statements to protest provisions of statutes he is signing into law.

Well, You Wanted Bipartisanship: House Awakens, Votes 429-2 For Oval Office Accountability

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warmowski

Why now? Why did the House allow hundreds of dubious, abusive Bush signing statements in eight years without such an amendment, but can find its courage and love of accountability today?

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.

Obama Creates Panel To Find Cause of Financial Crisis | Kate Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at curbing financial fraud in the mortgage and other industries, including a provision that crea...

The American Myth and Chinese Reality

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

China's Premier has said that his country's judicial system needs to be reformed in order to assure the judiciary's "dignity, justice and independence." He is seeking rule of law -- not rule by law.

LA Times Falsely Claims Clinton Used "Way More" Signing Statements Than Bush

Washington Monthly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NOT EVEN CLOSE.... The LA Times' Andrew Malcolm played a little fast and loose yesterday, commenting on President Obama's directive on Bush's signing ...

Obama: Don't Rely on Bush's Signing Statements

AP/NYT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered a review of his predecessor's signing statements which often told officials how to implement laws, t...

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?

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.

The Constitution is the Issue

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

In all their stump speeches, little to nothing has been said by either Obama or McCain about repairing the damage done to our constitutional freedoms during the Bush presidency.

The End of Politigation

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

From the rise to power of the "Comeback Kid" until June 12th, the Clintons have played the game as litigators. After all, isn't a campaign a war?

McCain Knocks Bush Signing Statements, Says He'll Never Issue One

Washington Post's The Trail | Glenn Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain criticized President Bush today for his practice of issuing signing statements that suggest the president will ignore elements of the...