4:29 PM, Feb 25, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
A great Gary Schmitt line Peter Baker's piece on presidential powers in the New York Times today:
Gary J. Schmitt, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who was the executive director of a presidential intelligence board under Reagan, said one thing that had changed was the willingness of courts to involve themselves in what historically has been a tug of war left to the other two branches of government to resolve between themselves.
In part, he said, that may reflect the changing challenges of recent years. “In both these cases, the last two presidencies, it’s just a much more complex, interesting set of issues,” he said. But he said it would be better for courts to stay out and let the executive and legislative branches resolve it themselves.
“My large take,” he said, “is that lawyers shouldn’t be allowed to play around with the Constitution.”
President mistakenly calls Tehran a 'country.'8:01 AM, Dec 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama made a gaffe in an interview with NPR when he called Tehran a "country." But the gaffe isn't the news from the interview at all.
Instead, expect people to focus on Obama talking about Iran having a "path" to being "a very successful regional power."
11:51 AM, Dec 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama quietly issued 12 pardons and 8 commutations late yesterday afternoon, which happened to be one of the busiest news days of the year.
Here are the dozen folks pardoned:
1:08 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
With the price of oil plunging, the ruble crashing against other currencies, and its interest rates soaring, Russia has announced to the world that it:
And State Department?9:53 AM, Dec 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CBS's Mark Knoller reports that the lights went out briefly at the White House this morning.
"Just had a power outage at the WH. Lasted only a few seconds. Perhaps a premature Govt shutdown," Knoller joked.
12:10 PM, Dec 8, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Bret Stephens is the Wall Street Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning foreign affairs columnist. He is also author of a new book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming World Disorder, detailing the Obama administration’s foreign policy blunders. Recently I spoke with Stephens about his book, how this White House has caused trouble for America abroad, and if there’s hope on the horizon.
Lee Smith: Is retreat a choice?
Calls it a "fact."7:42 PM, Nov 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House has argued that President Obama's executive amnesty order last week was made well within the existing law. But in remarks in Chicago tonight, President Obama went off script and admitted that in fact he unilaterally made changes to the law.
President Obama made the admission after getting heckled for several minutes by immigration protesters.
10:41 AM, Nov 21, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
George Washington, 1796:
“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are…of fatal tendency. …
8:47 AM, Nov 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri defended President Obama's planned executive amnesty by saying it "doesn't" shred the Constitution:
Asked the MSNBC host, "What's your response to the Washington Post editorial that said that the president's frustration with Congress 'doesn't grant the president license to tear up the constitution'?"
10:05 AM, Jun 27, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Two and a half years ago, President Obama tired of the Senate's refusal to confirm several of his nominations. Dissatisfied with the Constitution's general requirement that the president make appointments only after receiving the Senate's "advice and consent," he chose a more direct route.
4:04 PM, Jun 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
When the EPA released its new rules aimed to get the nation on the road carbon free (sort of) energy generation, the news was plainly bad for coal. No surprise there. The prospects for renewables – solar, wind, hydro, etc. – were enormously enhanced by the plan. This was also unsurprising. But what about nuclear power?
1:09 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Obama administration will roll out a plan, today, for fixing the climate, having already fixed foreign policy and the economy. As Wendy Koch of USA Today reports:
8:03 AM, Apr 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The first question that national security types, including the president, supposedly ask in an international crisis is, “Where are the carriers?” Soon, that opening line will be rephrased to something like, “Where are the … oh, never mind.”