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  •  He can't... (3+ / 0-)
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    by law. That would be making the laws instead of faithfully (yeah right) executing them.

    I don't know a lot about executive orders, but again, I don't believe they can be inconsistent with statutory law.

    •  This is why the Federal Register has been (1+ / 0-)
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      utilized.  It is one of their pathways to exert executive privilege and the unitary executive.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 03:19:45 PM PST

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      •  Good point; but, fundamentally, it's still... (0+ / 0-)

        extra-constitutional.

        I don't see how he can circumvent that reality no matter how hard he tries to create another.

        •  That maybe true, but this is untested doctrine (1+ / 0-)
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          and they have been nothing if not radical and relentless in their quest to push the boundaries of presidential powers.

          <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

          by bronte17 on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 05:27:50 PM PST

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        •  Until someone challenges the statements (1+ / 0-)
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          on those grounds, we'll never know, and they'll remain in effect.

          That's why it's so agonizing that, as I said, "stopping him" is off the table. Not just impeaching the Bastid, but challenging him in any way seems to be verboten.

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