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Executive Power

Attention Next Attorney General: More Justice Wanted

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The next attorney general should apply the Constitution and international law to rein in these dictatorial actions by the out-of-control White House.

Presidents and the War Power

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

President Barack Obama's claim that he doesn't need congressional authorization for his current war in Iraq and Syria is troubling. However, Obama is not the first president to believe that he has the rather imperial authority for war by executive fiat.

Igor Bobic

Paul Aide: No, Rand Doesn't Want To Repeal Every Executive Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised eyebrows on Thursday when he vowed to "repeal all previous executive orders" if elected president, a dramatic move that ...

Perry Case Complicates Boehner's Lawsuit

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are going to be arguing one thing for Perry, and the exact opposite for Obama. This is going to become more and more obvious to all concerned.

President Must Get Proper Congressional Approval for Any Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To be constitutional, any agreement with Iran must be in the form of a treaty, which would need to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate.

Five Things President Obama Can Do--Today, Without Congress--to Make the Immigration System Better and Re-Write His Legacy

David Leopold | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
David Leopold

Now that the House has folded up its circus tent and gone home for summer, it's clear that if President Obama wants immigration changes, he'll have to make them on his own. Fortunately, the President has wide authority to do so.

Executive Orders and Dictatorship

Robert Slayton | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Here's the historic reality. When a president is doing something his ideological opponents don't like and don't support, they accuse him of an excessive grab for power... or worse.

Presidential Power Grabs: Their Causes and Cure

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Bruce Ackerman

The present system of checks and balances is broken. Now is a good time to consider serious reform. Neither Democrats nor Republicans can be confident that they will win in 2016, and reap the short-term rewards of the next round of unilateralism.

Hatred: The Republicans' Core Problem

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.

The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.04.2013 | World
James Marshall Crotty

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Isr...

The NLRB, the IRS, and the Cancer of Senate Obstructionism

Peter M. Shane | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

What we are witnessing today in depressing, even contemptible form is a GOP-led congressional subversion of two of the most elementary norms on which our government rests.

Republican Wants To Overhaul Controversial Law On Presidential Power

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Wednesday that Congress should overhaul the 2001 authorization fo...

Obama, Civil Liberties, And The Presidency: An Interview With Gene Healy

Radley Balko | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Gene Healy has been one of the more prominent and consistent critics of presidential power going back to the Clinton administration. (Disclosure: Heal...

America's Dead-End Politics and Obama's Responsibility

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

There is a reason why the President of the United States is called the Commander-in-Chief and it is not because we want a monarch. It is simply because someone in our government needs to take charge and do something.

Necessary Roughness: Why Obama's Use of Executive Power Is Justified

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

We are a nation at risk of flying apart and falling apart, just as we were in 1787, and the prevention of that requires a firm leader who is willing to call the shots no matter how unpopular those decisions might be and no matter who disagrees with him.

Jason Linkins

Looking Forward In Angst: Death-Dealing Drones And You

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

It would not seem, at first blush, to be particularly helpful to use drone attacks to incinerate people who preach against al Qaeda. But I'm sure I am overthinking things. Omelettes and eggs, after all. Best not to question it.

Targeted Killing Program

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

Obama deserves nothing but the harshest criticism for claiming that the executive can wield the power to kill U.S. citizens with no accountability, whether before or even after the fact.

Debt Ceiling and Guns: Using Presidential Authority to the Fullest

Robert Reich | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Anyone who thinks congressional Republicans will roll over on the debt ceiling or gun control or other pending hot-button issues hasn't been paying attention. But the president can use certain tools that come with his office to achieve some of his objectives.

The Power of the President

Mike Lux | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

It's not just legal action that is important here either: the regulations being written right now under Dodd-Frank will go a long ways toward either helping or hurting our chances of getting back on the path to a strong economy.

How Presidential War Came Out of the Shadows -- and We Went Into Them

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the last decade a high-tech, privatized, covert version of war has become presidential property, fought at the White House's behest by robots, warrior corporations, and two presidentially controlled "private" forces.

Leader, Teleprompted: Why Executives Must Master the Machine

Connie Dieken | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
Connie Dieken

As an executive, you're called upon to deliver important messages to your organization and the marketplace. People look to you to set the tone in public speaking. You want to come across as a strong leader, but natural. That's why you need to master the Teleprompter.

Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Noam Chomsky | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet the millennial anniversary of Magna Carta. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.

House Votes on Immigration: An Opportunity for Bolder Executive Action

Mary Giovagnoli | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Mary Giovagnoli

There's still time to turn the ship around, starting with bolder, more concrete action to protect DREAMers from deportation and better implementation of the existing prosecutorial discretion memos.

Obama Uses Executive Power To Bypass Congress

nytimes.com | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, ai...

Recess Appointments and President Obama's Surprising Restraint

Peter M. Shane | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

For all the brouhaha surrounding President Obama's recess appointments this week of three new members for the National Labor Relations Board and of Ri...