chapter 7 poli sci notes

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I. Unitary Executive : an executive branch that has substancial more power - implemented first by George Bush - who used this to attach signing statements to bills - supported by Dick Cheney, Scalia and Alito - The Unitary Executive argument : the framers gave presidents far more command authority than past presidents and those who deal with them realized. With respect to administration the unitary executive holds that presidents may remove all subordinates in the executive branch; they may also direct these subordinates to take a particular action; and finally, the can veto any objectable actions, including those mandated by congress. - There is speculation over the statement in the constitution " the executive power shall be vested in a president of the united states " . Scalia said in 1988 that he thinks this means all of the executive power is delegated to the president. - Ie: the Detainee Treatment Act: "Any effort by congress to regulate the interrogation of battlefield detainees would violate the constitutions sole vesting of the commander-in-chief authority in the President". Since it concerned military matters it fell within his jurisdiction - when the democrats tried to pass a bill where it would limit funding according to a withdrawl timetable for iraq, Bush vetoed it. It resulted in a failure to override and the president won thus illustrating how powerful the president can excercise his powers. - imperial Presidency: when an elected president is essentially a monarch. - Bush would continuously sign bills but signal out objectionable provisions he might not implement. -IE: he tried to claim jurisdiction to create special committees to try terrorist suspects being detained in guantanamo bay. After the supreme court struck him down, he turned to congress who passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 which supported similar provisions to the presidents preferences. - alot of his provisions delegated by his executive power were overturned by the courts.
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