Reports that President Barack Obama could use executive orders to enact immigration policies could force a showdown with Republicans with broad constitutional implications.
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Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at arguments that a lawsuit from Republicans against President Obama is a political tactic or about a broader constitutional issue.
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.