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Obama’s Pen: The Most Powerful Branch of Government?

This week's leaked executive order draft is far from the first time this administration has looked to ignore congressional or legal defeat (i.e., the rule of law).

Patrick Richardson


April 22, 2011 - 12:00 am
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This March, the administration ignored a major federal court ruling:

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson [...] chastised the government for not interpreting [his ruling against Obamacare] as an immediate injunction to stop implementing the new law.

Vinson criticized the Justice Department for not following normal procedure and requesting a stay.

“It was not expected that they would effectively ignore the order and declaratory judgment for two and one-half weeks, continue to implement the Act, and only then file a belated motion to ‘clarify,’” Vinson wrote.

The administration is fond of claiming it serves the interests of governmental openness, but it’s painfully clear that the latest executive order has nothing at all to do with transparency. (Witness my Kafkaesque adventures in FOIA-land with Richard Pollock this month.) So much for the most transparent administration in history.

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Patrick Richardson has been a journalist for almost 15 years and an inveterate geek all his life. He blogs regularly at, which aims to be like another SF magazine, just not so serious.
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