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Executive Orders

The President, the Pen, the Phone, and the States

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'm often asked what President Obama can really accomplish on the economy with just "the pen and the phone," i.e., what can he do without Congress.

President Obama's Justified Executive Authority

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Eugene Scalia and Rachel Mondl call on the federal courts to overturn President Obama's executive order requiring most federal contractors to pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour.

Obama's Executive Action Statements More Irresponsible Than Unconstitutional

Tom Mullen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

President Obama provided plenty of fodder for conservatives to howl "Dictator!" during his State of the Union address last week. If past experience is any indicator of what the President will actually do, his statements are more irresponsible than unconstitutional.

State of the Union, Family-Style!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A president talking to a stubborn Congress? Or something even closer to home? ...

A Reality Check on Executive Orders and the 'Dictator Obama' Myth

Bob Cesca | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The congressional Republicans and the conservative entertainment complex has lost its collective shpadoinkle over President Obama's slate of new executive orders. In fact, George W. Bush signed more orders in his first four years than President Obama has signed in just over five.

5 Things To Know About Executive Orders

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new go-it-alone strategy: When Congress blocks his way, the president says he plans to act on his own...

Obama Bouncing Back?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may all be starry-eyed optimism, I fully admit (this whole column is going to be pretty rosy-tinted, just to warn everyone). But it does have some basis in reality.

Obama Should Stop Talking and Start Acting on Equal Pay

Martha Burk | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Obama said Congress should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would outlaw the practice of prohibiting employees from discussing their pay with others, and also allow the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect some pay data by race and gender. But it's half a loaf at best.

Obama Pushing Back Against Liberals Pushing For Executive Orders

AP | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack is pushing back against liberals who are urging him to act unilaterally to take steps Congress has blocked. O...

An Executive Order Whose Time Has Come

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, when I say "federal contractor," you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we're talking about here.

Cybersecurity -- Getting It Right This Time

Susan Landau | Posted 04.15.2013 | Technology
Susan Landau

The administration has put out an executive order on cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. Congress is not happy. But I think that this order largely gets things right.

Executive Orders on Guns Good Start but Congress Is Still the Cure

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

President Obama's unilateral White House action on gun control is a good start. But Obama took the action precisely because he knows that gun control legislation is a virtual dead letter in Congress at least for the time being.

Obama To Unveil Gun Violence Measures, Including Assault Weapons Ban

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged a reluctant Congress to ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazine...

What If President Obama Simply Issued Executive Orders Toughening Gun Curbs?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If Obama issues executive orders toughening gun curbs he would and should be applauded for it. But the ball is still in Congress and the public's court to do everything possible to prevent another Sandy Hook massacre.

Obama's Executive Order Puts Blacks In the Corner At the U.S. Department of Education

Michael Meyers | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices
Michael Meyers

We need President Barack Hussein Obama's leadership in streamlining government and in reorganizing society on a nonracial basis instead of doing the same thing that his predecessors have done

Obama's Latest Executive Order

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has sacked souvenirs federal agencies buy with taxpayer money to promote their w...

Who Gives A Rat's Rear End That Progressives on The Hill Won?: Part 2 in a 3-part series

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

Who Gives A Rat's Rear End that Progressive Lawmakers WON? : Why the Congressional Progressive Caucus Matters More than a Rat's Hindquarters Part II ...

Obama: Create Jobs by Executive Order

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama: Create Jobs by Executive Order By Jeanne Mirer and Marjorie Cohn On May 6, 1935, with the country in the midst of the Great Depression, and wi...

The State of Labor -- Now Take to the Streets

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Last night was a disaster for the labor movement and for its members and all working people. We have no choice but to put a lot more effort, time and strategic thinking into non-legislative work.

Human Rights: Time to Practice What We Preach

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

The commitments to "principled engagement" and "living our values" are especially vital to advancing human rights. For years, U.S. leadership on the world stage has suffered because the U.S. seems to hold a double standard.

Let Down Again: Obama's FDA Fails to Advance New Emergency Contraception Rules

Laura MacCleery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura MacCleery

The FDA should stop dragging its' heels and make emergency contraception available over the counter to all women without restriction.

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...

Obama Orders New Crackdown On Federal Contractor Tax Cheats

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new crackdown on federal contractors who don't pay their taxes. Obama signed an exec...

Painful Truth in Cheney's Spat with Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The painful truth in former Vice President Dick Cheney's spat with President Obama is that there are still far too many places where Obama's policy resembles Bush policy on the terrorism war.

Obama Hosts Labor Leaders; Will Undo Bush Orders

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a series of executive orders Friday that he said should "level the playing field" for labor unions in...