In the on-going battle between Congress and the District of Columbia over who runs the federal district, two fights over marijuana use have opened up some old constitutional wounds.
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A unanimous Supreme Court said on Thursday that President Barack Obama couldn’t make recess appointments during a brief Senate break in 2012, but he also still had broad appointment powers under the Constitution.
Does President Obama have the power to ignore a congressional mandate if he feels it is unconstitutional? The recent flap over U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the latest debate about executive power and its limits.
In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University explains why President Obama is apparently relying on a signing statement to justify the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap – a tactic that candidate Obama opposed back in 2007.
A government official recently took her oath of office on an Amazon Kindle, leading us to examine the rather unique history of public swearing-in ceremonies as part of one’s constitutional duty.