Entries Tagged as 'Gridlock'

The Cordray Crisis

David Frum January 5th, 2012 at 11:02 am 89 Comments

Constitutional abuse begets constitutional abuse.

President Obama has engaged in a dubious maneuver to force a recess appointment through a Senate that denies it has recessed.

(Brad Plumer has a good run-down of the legal issues, here.)

The president’s action has ignited a fireworks show of Republican outrage. And yes, Obama has here pushed presidential power beyond past limits.

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What SOPA Says About Congress

November 17th, 2011 at 1:06 pm 13 Comments

Although I did have a brief and not-so-glorious career with a big IT firm, order I probably don’t qualify as an expert on the exact consequences of the new intellectual property bill–called either SOPA or PROTECT IP--that’s currently moving through Congress.

That said, I do think it’s important not so much for what it would do–many of the opponents are probably overheated in their claims about it–but for what it says about Congress.

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