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  •  Why is this a scandal? It seems like normal adm (2+ / 0-)
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    greendem, esquimaux

    stuff and not just from this white house.

    •  This is a country of laws (6+ / 0-)

      not imperial dictates.

      If Congress still claims any constitutionally-mandated oversight over how the executive branch executes the laws of the land, this power grab by the White House must be overturned.

      Heads must roll.

      And what an issue. Probably the most important problem facing the survival of humanity. Planetary Global Warming.

      Be strong Congress.

      Do your job. We are watching this one.

      "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

      by greendem on Tue May 20, 2008 at 11:03:37 AM PDT

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    •  It's not inherently unlawful for WH (7+ / 0-)

      to participate in important admin decisions -- the Prez, after all, is charged with "tak[ing] care that the laws be faithfully executed."

      But among the problematic things here is that Cheney et al appear to have pushed Johnson to make a decision that is at odds with the record before the agency and with the governing Clean Air Act standards for assessing California's request for a waiver.

      The secretiveness, and the rolling of expert EPA recommendations, will bear adversely on the court's assessment of whether EPA followed the statutory requirements and reached a reasonable decision.

      Another possibility is that Congress and a new president will simply grant the waiver, obviating the need for further judicial and agency delays.

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