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this day in the yesteryear: US Supreme Court Decides Bush v. Gore (2000)


US Supreme Court Decides Bush v. Gore (2000)

The Supreme Court’s decision in this case ended Florida‘s statewide recount of ballots cast in the 2000 US presidential election and allowed its Secretary of State to certify Republican candidate George W. Bush as the winner of Florida’s 25 electoral votes. Despite the fact that Democratic candidate Al Gore had won the popular vote, the decision in Florida gave Bush a majority of the Electoral College and with it the US presidency. What reason did the court cite for stopping the recount? More… Discuss

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this pressed for your right to know: Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One – NYTimes.com


Photo In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed the so-called “amnesty” law passed by Congress that granted legal status to three million undocumented immigrants, and then acted on his own the following year to expand it to about 100,000 more. Credit Ron Edmunds/Associated Press

Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One

Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISNOV. 20, 2014

President Obama’s action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits opens a new front in the decades-long debate over the scope of presidential authority.

Although Mr. Obama is not breaking new ground by using executive powers to carve out a quasi-legal status for certain categories of unauthorized immigrants — the Republican Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush all did so — his decision will affect as many as five million immigrants, far more than the actions of those presidents.

Mr. Obama’s action is also a far more extensive reshaping of the nation’s immigration system.

“The magnitude and the formality of it is arguably unprecedented,” said Peter J. Spiro, a Temple University law professor. “It’s fair to say that we have never seen anything quite like this before in terms of the scale.”

via Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One – NYTimes.com.

Pressed as a mind opener: “Uncovered: The War On Iraq”


this pressed for your right to know: The Big Bank Backlash Begins – ProPublica


From left: Robert Khuzami, Obama’s first enforcement director; Linda Chatman Thomsen, who served at the George W. Bush-era S.E.C.; and George Canellos, who just left the Obama S.E.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Brendan McDermid/Reuters /Landov)

From left: Robert Khuzami, Obama’s first enforcement director; Linda Chatman Thomsen, who served at the George W. Bush-era S.E.C.; and George Canellos, who just left the Obama S.E.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Brendan McDermid/Reuters /Landov)

Excerpts:  “Last week, I visited an alternate universe. The real world sees a pandemic of bank misconduct, but to the white-collar defense lawyers of Washington, the banks are the victims as they bow beneath the weight of regulators’ remarkably harsh punishments.

I was attending the Securities Enforcement Forum, a gathering of top regulators and white-collar defense worthies. The marquee section was a panel that included Andrew Ceresney, the current S.E.C. enforcement director, and five of his predecessors. Four of those former S.E.C. officials represent corporations at prominent white-collar law firms: Robert S. Khuzami, President Obama’s first enforcement director who now plies his trade at Kirkland & Ellis; Linda Chatman Thomsen, who served at the George W. Bush-era S.E.C. and now works for Davis Polk & Wardwell; William R. McLucas, the longest-serving agency enforcement director who is now at WilmerHale; and George S. Canellos, who just left the Obama S.E.C. to work for Milbank Tweed. (The well-known Stanley Sporkin, who served in the agency in the 1970s, rounded the panel out.)”

via The Big Bank Backlash Begins – ProPublica.

The fault in our czars | The Verge


Ebola Czar

via The fault in our czars | The Verge.

At first blush an Ebola Czar, or any czar really, invokes an image of a cruel and omnipotent character parading around in heavy velvet robes, and carrying a jeweled scepter. Not an obvious choice for someone to manage a national healthcare crisis. But take a look under that robe and you’ll find that “‘czar” — at least in the context of American politics — is a relatively meaningless term, largely crafted by the media as convenient shorthand for long, cumbersome titles. It’s a blustery euphemism meant to inspire confidence when in fact, these czars are little more than run-of-the-mill government appointees, often faced with the same challenges as less imperious workers. Just like other employees, czars are eventually replaced, retire, or their positions are scrapped.

Today’s Ebola czar joins a long and storied rank of czars who have reigned over political kingdoms large, small, and on occasion, bizarre. So we thought we’d pull together a sample platter of our favorite presidentially-appointed government czars. It will, I’m certain, leave you czar struck.

Manpower Czar – Appointed in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt
Rubber Czar – Appointed in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt
Shipping Czar – Appointed in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt
Cleanup Czar – Appointed in 1952 by Harry Truman
Missile Czar – Appointed in 1957 by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Savings & Loan Czar – Appointed in 1990 by George H. W. Bush
Border Czar – Appointed in 1995 by Bill Clinton
E-commerce Czar – Appointed by Al Gore in 1998
Bioethics Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Reading Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Cyber Security Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Science Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Bird Flu Czar – Appointed in 2004 by George W. Bush
Democracy Czar – Appointed in 2005 by George W. Bush
Birth Control Czar – Appointed in 2006 by George W. Bush
War Czar – Appointed in 2007 by George W. Bush
Weatherization Czar – Appointed in 2008 by George W. Bush
Copyright Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Urban Affairs Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Ethics czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Great Lakes Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Guantanamo Base Closure Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Iran Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Safe School Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Weapons of Mass Destruction Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Asian Carp Czar – Appointed in 2010 by Barack Obama

Activists Confront Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University



Condoleezza Rice