Obama Signing Statement to Budget Bill Ignores Restriction on Advisers

By: Saturday April 16, 2011 10:00 am

The President signed the 2011 appropriations bill yesterday, and he attached a signing statement to it. There were two bones of contention. The first was the measure banning funds to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo. The second, the bill defunded the offices of Presidential advisors, or “czars,” four all ready vacant or defunct.

Newt’s Singeing Statement

By: Saturday February 26, 2011 10:30 am

Once again, torture and domestic surveillance are acceptable abuses of executive authority for Republicans. But a blowjob or a loving marriage requires impeachment.

A Signing Statement to Protect Presidential Powers Obama Won’t Commit to Use

By: Monday January 3, 2011 4:00 pm

Now, aside from my concerns about the separation of powers on this move, I’m amused by the centrality of prosecutorial discretion in it.

After all, the whole point of guarding the executive branch’s prosecutorial discretion is to shield it from the whims of politics, to ensure the integrity of prosecutorial decision making.

But Obama threw that integrity out the window when he allowed his Chief of Staff to override the Attorney General’s authority on Gitmo generally and the location of the 9/11 trial specifically. So Obama’s going to argue he needs to protect prosecutorial discretion, but it’s a prosecutorial discretion already tainted by White House interference.

Bush Signing Statements Withholding Information to Congress on Torture

By: Sunday April 25, 2010 12:30 pm

What isn’t often mentioned was how the CIA was given the green light to lie and obfuscate by their superiors in the Executive Branch.

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