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Unitary Executive

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.

Let the Republicans Leap Off the Fiscal Cliff and Just Say Goodbye: An Open Letter to President Obama

Alan Singer | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

With tax policy, federal spending, social insurance, and the national debt ceiling being held hostage by radical right-wing Tea Party demands, it is time for what FDR called "bold, persistent experimentation" and executive action to solve the economic crisis facing the nation.

Obama's Dream and the Right's Crocodile Tears

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Do folks like Marco Rubio, Michele Bachmann, war-on-terror architect John Yoo, and columnist Charles Krauthammer really believe the Constitution means one thing when a Republican is in the White House, and something entirely different when the President is a Democrat?

Why We've Learned Nothing From Watergate

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The country needs and wants strong presidents, but the Constitution and law exist to limit abuse of power -- a standard that must continue to apply to our chief executives.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Fourteenth Option

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The silly season has come early to Washington, it seems. The root cause is a simple fact of American politics these days -- sometimes, there just can't be transparency.

Jason Linkins

White House Expands On Executive Powers Once Criticized By Obama, No Doubt To The Delight Of The Base | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As you may have heard, in these last eight weeks of the campaign season, the Democrats are going to be ramping up efforts to remind voters of how bad ...

America's Iraqi Strategic Blunder

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

Even in 2002, in the midst of the fear campaign unleashed by Bush's White House to create public support for an invasion of Iraq, credible voices in the American mainstream questioned the claims.

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

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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.'

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.

Teflon Dick: How Cheney Uses Media For Protection

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

Dick Cheney has committed unconstrained, and as yet unprosecuted offenses, that include circumventing the Constitution and lying the nation into war.

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...

Transferring Some Guantanamo Detainees to the U.S. Will Actually Make America Safer

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Why take the "chance" by bringing additional Guantanamo detainees to our shores? Because it is essential to our national security that we close it down -- and this step is necessary to make that happen.

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: April 6, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Calculated Risk has some great highlights of Bill Moyers interview with University of Missouri professor William K. Black that are worth reading. Her...

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: April 3, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's Friday, and I'm feeling generous and mercurial, so here's a fun and shameless plug! Los Angelenos in the house? This Saturday, enjoy the dynami...

Conservative Lawyers Defend Holder (and the Unitary Executive)

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The letter in defense of Eric Holder is a classic articulation of the idea that the President is a unitary executive. It also happens to be essentially right.

What Will Happen to the "Unitary Executive" in the Next Presidential Term?

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Shaw

The policy of the "Unitary Executive" (which grants Bush unchecked power during national emergencies) was the "single most successfully implemented policy" of the Bush/Cheney administration.

King George and the U.S. of A(T&T)

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Granting immunity to telephone companies illegally spying on Americans is far worse than business-as-usual, which is that corporations win.