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  •  if WH chief of staff does not count as service (9+ / 0-)

    for the United States - what does? Silly really.

    •  An argument could be made that (2+ / 0-)
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      the White House Chief of Staff serves the President, not the United States.

      To make the argument non-trivial, could a President explicitly require his CoS to be a practicing Christian?

      --Shannon

      "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
      "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

      by Leftie Gunner on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 10:49:35 AM PST

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      •  Oh, come on. (1+ / 0-)
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        The President's CoS is serving the executive branch.  That's a real stretch.  

        •  we are not talking about the president of Kenia (0+ / 0-)

          or Indonesia

        •  Not really... (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not sure what the CoS's status is... is there statutory authority for that position, or is it something that Presidents have created on their own?

          i was considering what arguments an attorney could come up with in Emmanuel's case, and "the Chief of Staff is not 'in service of the Untied States'" was one of them.

          Then it occurred to me that the prohibition on "religious tests for any office or trust under the United States" would not apply if the position didn't fall under those categories, and that there is an analogy to the case in Illinois.

          I don't actually have an opinion... but the definition seems to me ambiguous.

          --Shannon

          "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
          "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

          by Leftie Gunner on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:27:59 PM PST

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