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  •  Nothwithstanding (4.00)
    Almost, but "notwithstanding any other provision of law" is designed to override any conflicting laws, not defer to them. I'm sure that even Scalia will have a scathing opinion about Sensenbrenner's attempt to put the Secretary of Homeland Security above the Constitution, but I really don't want to see the Republicans take themselves so far away from their oath of office.

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. - Emerson

    by freelunch on Tue Feb 08, 2005 at 11:15:22 AM PST

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    •  Can you explain this? (none)
      Almost, but "notwithstanding any other provision of law" is designed to override any conflicting laws, not defer to them.

      I don't quite get that.  Override how?

      This whole thread is like a mini-lesson in statutory interpretation! :)

      If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

      by Georgia Logothetis on Tue Feb 08, 2005 at 11:24:22 AM PST

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      •  Without regard to any other law (none)
        (c)(1) is saying that the Secretary can ignore all other laws in the pursuit of this goal, no matter what those laws say and that no one will have the right to second guess his decision.

        A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. - Emerson

        by freelunch on Tue Feb 08, 2005 at 03:05:12 PM PST

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      •  freelunch is right (none)
        "notwithstanding any other provision of law" is standard language used to essentially say "forget anything we might have said before that would apply here and do this."

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