Friday, May 27, 2011

What Kind Of Day Has It Been

  • A terrible one for campaign finance regulation and, oh yeah, democracy.
  • Qaddafi is reaching out to all quarters in an effort to end NATO airstrikes--a sure sign that they are having their desired effect. Meanwhile, the G-8 has now promised $20 billion in aid for Tunisia and Egypt.

  • President Obama signed the Patriot Act reauthorization bill (passed yesterday) remotely, using an autopen. Because every novel thing President Obama does is controversial, some are raising questions of whether the bill is actually a law now or whether the remote signature violates the Presentment Clause: 

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it . . . .

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