Signing statements help Bush shape laws

09/17/07 Mitch E. Perry
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After Watergate and the Vietnam War, a group of conservatives hatched a plot that would allow the White House to return to the virtually unchecked powers that Richard Nixon had briefly tried to wield in the 1970s.

Today, that plot has come to fruition, according to the new book by Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage. The book is called Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy.

Savage won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year for his reporting on President Bush’s extensive use of signing statements. In these statements, Bush instructs subordinate in the executive branch about how they are to interpret new laws.

Bush was not the first President to use signing statements, but as Savage reports in “Takeover”, no president has ever been so aggressive in using this device.

Here is thhe second part of our interview conducted last Thursday.

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