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Reining In the Arbitrary Executive

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On April 29, 2009
See Greenwald and Daphne Evitar on a potentially important decision from a Ninth Circuit panel repudiating at least one element of the expansive “state secrets” privilege claimed by the Bush and Obama administrations. In this case, the Bush admininstration put forward the position that this incredibly broad privelege could apply to a civil suit involving […]

We Can Only Hope

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On April 27, 2009

Yves Smith suggests, in light of this NYT front-pager, that the administration may be distancing itself from Geithner. Unfortunately they may be drawing the wrong implications: Thus what is surprising

Yet More On DeLong/Krugman

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On March 23, 2009
I will say that where I am in agreement with the optimists is on DeLong’s point 2 here — the politics. I don’t think a quickly exhaustible store of “political capital” is the appropriate metaphor here; the financial crisis is not like health care, not least because it’s in the interests of many powerful social […]

Sims

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On March 11, 2009

Seems like a good choice. Certainly, among Washington state politicians I always preferred him to Gary Locke... Share

Indefensible

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On March 2, 2009

I can’t add much to what Greenwald says here and Wheeler argues here, but the Obama administration’s use of Yoovian theories of arbitrary executive authority are indeed appalling. Share

The Lockean Proviso

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On February 24, 2009
As someone who observed much of Locke’s governorship first-hand, I would say that just as he looks better on paper than in practice as a national candidate, so he wasn’t nearly as good a governor as he should have been. He was sort of a Naderite parody of a cautious Democrat — when it came […]
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Justice Picks

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On February 6, 2009

A couple of commenters in the previous thread have asked about who I’d like to see chosen if (God forbid) Ginsburg is forced to leave the Court. I addressed this in a post a while back. I still

The 17th Amendment: A Good Thing

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On February 3, 2009
In re the appointment of Judd Gregg to commerce, Beutler snarks: Surely Gregg’s desire to replace himself with somebody who will often oppose his new boss’s agenda is evidence of his deep commitment to the administration, the cabinet, and the agency he appears poised to head. As a reason to dislike the appointment, this is […]

In A Shocking Development

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On February 3, 2009

…bloggers are actually taking useful roles in government. As we’ve mentioned before, Lederman’s hire is especially encouraging but they all look impressive. And even if he wasn’

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