Power used but not abused

, The National Law Journal

In his first week in office, President Barack Obama exercised unilateral executive power to mandate significant changes in federal policy and practice. The executive orders and memoranda he signed fall squarely within the scope of tools presidents ordinarily use. However, Obama has inherited unprecedented control over federal agencies. Congress may be tempted to defer to Obama, but it should reject President Bush's approach to regulatory control, even if it trusts Obama to use executive authority prudently.

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