The NYT has an op-ed piece by Bruce Ackerman that opens with these words:
PRESIDENT OBAMA’s declaration of war against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition. Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris.
Mr. Bush gained explicit congressional consent for his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In contrast, the Obama administration has not even published a legal opinion attempting to justify the president’s assertion of unilateral war-making authority. This is because no serious opinion can be written.
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ISIS, Ukraine, Ferguson …
Ron Fournier comments here.
Thomas Frank writes at Salon, calling Barack Obama “an ineffective and gutless” president.
Perhaps there will be an architectural solution for this problem. For example, the Obama museum’s designers could make the exhibit on the movement into a kind of blind alley that physically reminds visitors of the basic doctrine of the Democratic Party’s leadership faction: that liberals have nowhere else to go.
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… says a new Quinnipiac University poll. Herbert Hoover and James Buchanan were unavailable for comment.
There’s a bit over in The Corner about the President joking that he would issue an executive order requiring boys to play fair with the girls at recess. The scary part is that he might have the authority to do so under Title IX.
Folks who used to complain about Jimmy Carter being a micromanager should remember that some of us forecast Carter II as the best case scenario for the Obama Administration.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that recess appointments made by the President when Congress is not actually in recess are unconstitutional. That seems obvious enough, so one wonders where the President was getting his legal advice.
The Supreme Court delivered its 12th and 13th unanimous rebukes of former Constitutional Law professor Barack Obama’s administration.
One decision explains the meaning of the recess appointment clause of Article II, Section 2 to Prof. Obama.
The other explained that the First Amendments protections of free speech and free assembly trump laws such as the Massachusetts statute which banned peaceful protests around abortion clinics. The Administration agued in support of the law.