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HUFFPOST HILL – Congress Gets Its Parliamentary Obstruction On

Happy Fake Tax Day. Donald Trump might be the only Republican in history whose poll numbers improved after he antagonized the Daily News. House Democrats demonstrated that you don’t have to wear obnoxious trucker hats and be married to Demi …

Happy Fake Tax Day. Donald Trump might be the only Republican in history whose poll numbers improved after he antagonized the Daily News. House Democrats demonstrated that you don’t have to wear obnoxious trucker hats and be married to Demi Moore to punk someone. And The Daily Caller inaugurated the Kurt Bardella era the right way: by leaking a private correspondence. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, April 15th, 2011:

Mike McAuliff is reporting that the president just signed the continuing budget resolution to fund the government through the end of the year. Citing executive authority, he nixed the czar-defunding provision. You know who would do something like that? A czar.

His signing statement: Section 2262 of the Act would prohibit the use of funds for several positions that involve providing advice directly to the President. The President has well-established authority to supervise and oversee the executive branch, and to obtain advice in furtherance of this supervisory authority. The President also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, and do so not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it. Legislative efforts that significantly impede the President’s ability to exercise his supervisory and coordinating authorities or to obtain the views of the appropriate senior advisers violate the separation of powers by undermining the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed. Therefore, the executive branch will construe section 2262 not to abrogate these Presidential prerogatives.”

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