October 11, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
Turkey and Armenia signed a landmark accord Saturday in Zurich, Switzerland, which is expected to normalize relations between the two countries and open up borders. The accord, which actually consists of two protocols, contains provisions to establish a common border between the two countries, to ...[read more]
March 17, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Daniel Schuman: On March 11, 2009, President Obama issued his first presidential signing statement- a formal expression of his views regarding legislation that he has just signed into law- identifying five areas in an omnibus appropriations act that he will decline to enforce because of... ...[read more]
March 10, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
US President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Monday that proposes to limit the use of attaching presidential signing statements which raise constitutional or other legal questions before bills are signed into law. The memorandum suggested parameters for the disregard of statutory provisions based ...[read more]
October 3, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Jessica Knight: The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on restoring the rule of law to its rightful, central place in our system of government. It focused on the U.S. Constitution as the cornerstone document that supports all other laws, and the need for Congress to actively p... ...[read more]
September 4, 2007
by Alexis Unkovic
US government secrecy increased in 2006, according to the Secrecy Report Card 2007 released over the weekend by OpenTheGovernment.org. The report cited an increased reliance on national security letters (NSL) and more frequent assertions of the state secrets privilege. The fourth-annual report ...[read more]
June 19, 2007
by Michael Sung
President Bush's use of bill signing statements has led to several instances where provisions of laws have been ignored in favor of the Bush administration's interpretation, according to a report released Monday by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). At the request of Senate Appr... ...[read more]
May 21, 2007
by Leslie Schulman
More than one hundred Muslim extremists belonging to the group al-Jihad have been released from Egyptian prisons over the last two weeks, according to Egyptian police on Monday. The prisoners, many of whom had been held for over a decade, were released only after signing statements renouncing the ...[read more]
October 5, 2006
by Natalie Hrubos
US President George W. Bush attached a signing statement to the 2007 spending bill for the Homeland Security Department Thursday, giving himself the authority to make changes to the agency's annual Privacy Office reports. Congress stated that only the Department's Privacy Officer could edit... ...[read more]
August 9, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
The American Bar Association approved a resolution Tuesday condemning President Bush for his misuse of bill signing statements to bypass particular provisions of a bill that the president considers unconstitutional or a risk to national security. Last month, an ABA task force released a... ...[read more]
July 27, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones
US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) Wednesday introduced legislation that would give Congress the power to bring lawsuits in federal court to challenge presidential bill signing statements the constitutionality of which is in question. President Bush has used the signing ...[read more]

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