Anwar Al-Awlaki Finally Gets A (Show) Trial

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 2:10 pm

American Citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen solely on the authority of President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki never received a trial, was never indicted, nor given any opportunity to address the allegations against him. But today during President Obama’s extensive terrorism speech Mr. Al-Awlaki finally received his trial, a show trial. [...]

White House Makes Politically Expedient End Run By “Designating” Elisse Walter SEC Chair

By: Monday November 26, 2012 10:49 am

The White House, in announcing the departure of Mary Schapiro as Chairwoman of the SEC, also took the unusual step of “designating” her replacement – a way to fill the vacancy at the top of the commission without confirmation in the Senate. Elisse Walter, a current commissioner, will replace Schapiro. Here’s the announcement: President Obama [...]

Financial Regulation Advocates Fighting Bill to Gut Regulatory Agencies

By: Friday November 9, 2012 10:17 am

Among the other goodies in store for America in the lame duck Congress is a bid to gut financial regulatory and other agencies and set up a process to take away their independent control and subsume them under the power of the executive. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, under the direction of [...]

Morsi Makes Bold Move Against Military in Egypt

By: Monday August 13, 2012 6:54 am

Egypt’s President, the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohammed Morsi, sacked Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and set in motion a series of other orders expanding the power of the Presidency and curbing the power of the military. This is basically the resumption of a battle for power that has consumed Egypt since the revolution, when Hosni Mubarak was [...]

More Executive Branch End Runs, This Time With Cybersecurity

By: Monday August 6, 2012 10:26 am

The Obama Administration will consider an executive order on cybersecurity in the wake of a defeat in the Senate on a bill to deal with the issue. This is another example of the executive branch taking action when the legislative branch bogs down in gridlock. The result is a stronger executive and an increasingly irrelevant [...]

ACLU, CCR Sue Administration Over Targeted Killings of US Citizens

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 11:03 am

While Kevin’s at the Bradley Manning trial, I’ll pick up on something on his beat. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Constitutional Rights have sued the Obama Administration over the deaths of three US citizens as part of the still-classified Predator drone program. Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and al-Awlkai’s son Abdulrahman were [...]

White House Wants Authority to Reorganize Federal Government

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 10:22 am

President Obama has asked Congress to provide him with the authority to consolidate multiple federal agencies, the next step on a plan announced earlier in the year to reconstitute the Commerce Department and several other agencies as a trade and economic competitiveness department. In a letter to John Boehner, Jeffrey Zients, the acting director of [...]

Media Catches Glimpse of Undeclared Covert War With Iran

By: Monday December 5, 2011 6:17 am

The media has begun to recognize that the United States is routinely engaged these days in covert wars involving extrajudicial assassinations in foreign countries. Well, they’re not quite putting it that way. But this story about the huge explosion at an Iranian missile base doesn’t require much reading between the lines. The huge explosion that [...]

Cass Sunstein’s OIRA: The Most Powerful Regulation-Smiting Agency You’ve Never Heard Of

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 1:38 pm

NPR pulled back the curtain yesterday on OIRA, the backwater office of regulatory affairs that holds an effective veto over any regulations promulgated by the Administration. The report found that throughout the Obama Administration, the office has altered more regulations coming to them from federal agencies than the Bush Administration ever did. There are a [...]

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Grant Waivers to No Child Left Behind In Exchange for “Reform”

By: Monday August 8, 2011 12:50 pm

The Education Department plans to grant waivers for the No Child Left Behind law to states and school districts that “embrace reform.” This bypasses Congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law, and allows states and districts to get out from under the onerous burdens of the law, which has a deadline for 100% [...]

Biden’s Admission on the 14th Amendment Actually a BFD

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 10:47 am

The bombshell dropped alongside the debt limit deal yesterday, aside from Gabrielle Giffords’ return to Congress, was Joe Biden telling a group of House Democrats that the President was prepared to “invoke the 14th Amendment” in the event of the debt limit failing to pass. I’m not sure entirely what he means by that, but [...]

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