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Could a President Trump master Madisonian politics?

Presidential power, political scientist Richard E. Neustadt famously declared in Presidential Power, is the power to persuade, not the power to command.  It is possible that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has not read Neustadt’s book.  196 more words

Chapter 4-Madison's Legacies

The CIA Turns on the Senate Over Torture Report

By Spencer Ackerman

The Guardian

It was 11pm, in the chill of January, but Daniel Jones needed a run around the Capitol.

During the winter of early 2014 Jones’s only chance for serenity was these late hours. 469 more words


No to Buhari’s emergency powers

But for the Sallah holidays that ended on Tuesday, the Executive arm might have presented its Emergency Economic Stabilisation Bill to the National Assembly. The delay has probably given President Muhammadu Buhari more days to explore backdoor manoeuvre to convince unsympathetic senators to buy into the bill. 14 more words

Constitutional Law

On congressional hearings of matters of court Part 2

The Senate in it’s hearing of EJKs is once again lawmaker, litigator, and judge at the same time (and they’re the ones proposing federalism?). But is it aware that it’s asking the cops about the law it has (or not) drawn up and approved? 619 more words


Ninth Circuit: Feds cannot prosecute CSA violators in medical marijuana States, sort of, for now

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant ruling on the criminal enforcement of federal drug law yesterday.  In United States v. 973 more words

Separation of Powers - Part II

The previous post on this topic pointed out that the encroachment of the executive into the legislative sphere has led to incredibly voluminous extra-legislative regulation that has the force of statutory law and often carries with it criminal penalties.  1,546 more words


... So What Can Be Done ?!?! [#Iran Nuclear Agreement]...

.. according to the terms of the agreement , the bill must be voted on by September 17th ..

.. there are several sources that indicate that the entire agreement has NOT been presented to the U.S. 451 more words

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