Executive Articles


Obama's Executive Authority Questioned at Democratic Debate

3:01 PM, Oct 14, 2015

During the debate in Las Vegas, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Jim Webb how, if were he elected, “he would not be a third term for Obama.” Webb said that “there would be a major difference between my administration and the Obama administration,” and it would concern “the use of executive authority.”

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Hillary Hits Obama for Being Too Strict on Illegal Immigrants

7:49 PM, Oct 05, 2015

Hillary Clinton took a swing at President Barack Obama for being too strict on illegal immigrants. Clinton said, in an interview with Telemundo, that she would be less strict if she becomes president of the United States.

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WH Refuses to Say Whether Hillary's Proposed Executive Amnesty Is Legal

12:19 PM, May 06, 2015

In a revealing exchange between ABC's Jon Karl and press secretary Josh Earnest, the White House refused to say whether Hillary Clinton's proposed executive amnesty is legal:

After all, as Karl pointed out to Earnest, the White House has maintained that President Obama's own executive amnesty was as far as he could legally go. 

Earnest, who said he is not a lawyer or a judge, referred questions Clinton and her campaign.

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The Roots of Roberts's Remark in King v. Burwell

12:41 PM, Mar 06, 2015

Chief Justice Roberts has said he likes mystery novels; once, as a lower-court judge, he invoked Sherlock Holmes's "dog that didn't bark." But at the King v.

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'Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Play Around With the Constitution'

4:29 PM, Feb 25, 2015

A great Gary Schmitt line Peter Baker's piece on presidential powers in the New York Times today:

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‘Amnesty Bonuses’ in Tax Code: Illegal Immigrants to Receive Earned Income Tax Credit

Could cost ‘more than $24,000 to those who receive deferred action’
7:16 AM, Feb 06, 2015

President Barack Obama has promoted his recent executive action on immigration by arguing that he’s only deferring action – holding off on enforcement of the current immigration laws until an immigration reform he approves of passes Congress.

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Hillary Hires Coke Marketing Exec Who Claimed to Be 'Blood Brothers' With Bill

Shared image of Bill Clinton holding knife to her wrist.
5:01 PM, Jan 10, 2015

Bill Clinton once held a knife to her wrist. But now Wendy Clark, who claimed to be "Blood brothers with Bill Clinton," is reportedly going to work for his wife, Hillary Clinton.

The trade publication Beverage-Digest reported on Twitter that Clark, a Coca-Cola executive, has gone to work for probable Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Washington, Lincoln, Obama Vs. Obama

10:41 AM, Nov 21, 2014

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. …

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Sessions: 'Voters Sent Congress' Republicans to Stop 'President’s Unlawful Executive Amnesty'

11:51 AM, Nov 14, 2014

Senator Jeff Sessions wants Congress to stop the "president's unlawful executive amnesty." And he believes that's precisely why "Voters sent Congress a Republican majority."


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Hillary to Immigration Activists: 'Elect More Democrats'

5:31 PM, Sep 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton was confronted on the rope line after an event today in Iowa by immigration activists. Her response: “You know, I think we have to elect more Democrats.”

Clinton's response about electing more Democrats was in response to a question about whether she "stand[s] by the president's delay on immigration."

Clinton ignored follow-up questions.

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WH: 'The President Is Determined as Ever' to Take Executive Action on Immigration

'The president has resolved to use as much authority as he can muster within the confines of the law.'
11:16 AM, Aug 29, 2014

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that President Obama "is determined as ever" to take executive action to deal with the issue of immigration:

"You did hear from the president yesterday, where he reiterated his strong commitment to take action within the scope of his authority to solve or at least address so many of the problems that are created by our broken immigration system," said spokesman Earnest.

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The President's Mighty Pen

11:00 PM, Mar 14, 2014

President Obama might have been economical with the truth when he promised Americans they could keep their doctors when Obamacare takes effect, but he is proving a man of his word when it comes to the exercise of presidential power as he defines it. “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he told his cabinet, developing a theme of his State of the Union message.

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Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws

30 members support the House Resolution calling for civil action.
1:49 PM, Dec 12, 2013

Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws.

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WH: Federal Contractor Executive Pay Higher than President Obama's Salary Is 'Excessive,' Wasteful

3:26 PM, May 30, 2013

On Thursday, the White House's administrator for federal procurement policy, Joe Jordan, wrote on the White House blog about a legislative initiative that President Obama is sending to Congress next week "to stop excessive payments to Federal contractors."  Jordan continues:

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Who’s Responsible for the Executive Branch?

12:13 PM, May 17, 2013

In his prepared remarks on the IRS’s targeting of his political opponents, President Obama said that “we’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable,” but only once we determine “who is responsible.”  In today’s Wall Street Journal, Kim Strassel offers some helpful thoughts on determining responsibility, writing that it’s really not all that hard — and, indeed, it’s not.

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Weak Justification for Executive Overreach

10:00 PM, Jan 12, 2012

Before 1987, Supreme Court nominations were relatively peaceful affairs. Yes, there occasionally were bursts of controversy—the appointment of progressive activist Louis Brandeis in 1916, the promotion of conservative Justice William Rehnquist in 1986—but controversy was the exception, not the rule. Justice Antonin Scalia, a known conservative commodity, was confirmed in 1986 by a vote of 98 to 0. ("The two missing were Barry Goldwater and Jake Garnes," Scalia later reflected, "so make it 100.")

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