The President and the Rule of Law

During his State of the Union address, President Obama said that because Congress keeps thwarting his agenda, he will advance his positions about immigration, the environment, the economy, gun control, and other of his priorities by issuing executive orders.

He has already been doing that sort of thing.  Conservatives don’t like Obamacare, so they might be glad that the President has changed and delayed its terms.  But by what authority does he just alter a duly-ratified law?  The president is supposed to execute the laws, not create them or change the ones that he doesn’t like. [Read more...]

Live blogging the State of the Union

Tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET will be the President’s State of the Union Address.  I invite you to live blog it here via the comments.  (What you do is have your computer ready as you watch and listen to the speech.  Make comments as the speech unfolds.  Remember to refresh your screen so that everyone else’s comments will also appear.)

President modifies NSA surveillance program

President Obama has given a speech in which he announced changes in the National Security Administration’s program of collecting and data-mining  phone and internet records.  Here are the changes, which seem pretty minor.  After the jump, an analysis of where things stand. [Read more...]

U.S. & Russia agree on Syria plan

So should Vladimir Putin get the Nobel Peace Prize?  Does this get President Obama out of the mess he was in, turning a fiasco into a victory?

The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on a plan to bring Syrian chemical weapons under international control, a rare diplomatic victory in a brutal civil war that appears to head off a punitive U.S. military strike on Syria in the near future. [Read more...]

The President’s speech

So what did you think of the President’s speech on Syria?  Did it make any of you change your mind?  Is this his “Cuban Missile Crisis” moment?  What do you think will happen now?

An account of the speech and a link to the complete transcript after the jump. [Read more...]

Developments on Syria

A reporter asked Secretary of State John Kerry if Syria could do anything to avoid getting attacked.  Off the cuff, Kerry said, sure, get rid of their chemical weapons.  Whereupon the Russian foreign minister seized on the idea, turning it into a proposal.  Whereupon the Syrian foreign minister indicated that the country might be open to that.  Now the rest of the world and much of Congress is rallying around that possibility.  Do you think this proposal is a way out or a delaying tactic?  A diplomatic breakthrough or a Russian ploy to keep Assad in power?

Meanwhile, President Obama will address the nation tonight at 9:00 ET, after a day packed with TV interviews, all in an effort to persuade Americans to persuade their Congressional representatives to let him attack Syria.  I can’t watch the speech, but if you do, live blog it here.  We’ll discuss it tomorrow.

UPDATE:  Syria says it will accept the Russian proposal.  President Obama is revising his speech accordingly.

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