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By Ellen J. Silberman and Ellen J. Silberman,States News Service | January 6, 1993
WASHINGTON -- New ethics rules covering every federa employee in the executive branch go into effect on Feb. 3. The rules, finalized last August, will replace the regulations that currently govern ethics in individual departments. The new rules spell out what gifts executive branch employees can and cannot accept. They tell employees how to handle financial conflicts of interest and how to avoid other apparent conflicts.They prohibit employees from using their government office for personal gain.
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Letter to The Aegis | June 10, 2014
Editor: Herein are my thoughts on the forthcoming Bill 14-18 [regarding empowering the county executive to appoint deputy directors of departments]  The bill reads, in part: "The County Executive shall appoint a single officer to head each agency of the Executive Branch, AS WELL AS DEPUTY DIRECTORS OF AN AGENCY, subject to confirmation by the Council, as required by Section 223 of this Charter, and such officer AND DEPUTIES may be removed at the discretion of the County Executive.
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By Elise Armacost and Elise Armacost,Staff writer | October 25, 1991
County Executive Robert R. Neall is expected today to announce a major reorganization of the executive branch that he says would save thecounty at least $600,000 a year.Under the restructuring, Neall would reduce the number of people who report directly to him, merge several offices and eliminate seven appointed position and one merit position. He also wants to streamline management by naming department heads to oversee groups of related agencies."I'm going to be the Supreme Court," Neall said yesterday.
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By Michael B. Runnels | April 9, 2014
Responding to the Obama Administration's decision to delay enforcement of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a number of politicians and commentators have argued that the president is running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution. To this point, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley recently argued that such actions are presenting a "troubling mosaic" of executive power, and that "there will come a day when people step back and see the entire mosaic for what it truly represents: a new system with a dominant president with both legislative and executive powers.
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October 8, 2013
I am sorry our founding fathers did not form a parliamentary government ("As tensions rise, Republicans and Democrats focus on debt ceiling," Oct. 7). It would have given us more say in matters affecting us. How sad that our two-party system has turned into a childish, inept, political mess and the executive branch has become a semi-dictatorship. God help us! Joy Shillman, Baltimore
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By DAN BERGER | September 15, 1992
The newest golden-domed cathedral in town turns out to b the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant.The Shining Path is losing luster.This time, George was going to get the hurricane right from Day One.The New York senate Democratic primary has shown female campaigners to be as dirty as male ones -- a great advance for equal opportunity politics.Congress is against sexual harassment in the military, or anywhere in the executive branch of government. Judicial and legislative branches are excluded from this concern.
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August 23, 1992
OCEAN CITY -- Smoking in all state buildings controlled by the executive branch of government will be banned under an order Gov. William Donald Schaefer says he intends to issue within the next few days.In a surprise announcement yesterday during his speech at the annual Maryland Association of Counties meeting here, the governor said the no-smoking order was part of his effort to expand programs to prevent diseases.The order will note that state courts or other buildings controlled by either the judiciary or legislative branches of government will not be affected.
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By Michael B. Runnels | April 9, 2014
Responding to the Obama Administration's decision to delay enforcement of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a number of politicians and commentators have argued that the president is running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution. To this point, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley recently argued that such actions are presenting a "troubling mosaic" of executive power, and that "there will come a day when people step back and see the entire mosaic for what it truly represents: a new system with a dominant president with both legislative and executive powers.
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July 12, 1991
President Bush says he wants to find a compromise with congressional Democrats on the issue of abortion counseling in federally funded family planning facilities. The House of Representatives' 353-74 vote in favor of an appropriations bill that allows such counseling wonderfully concentrated the president's mind. He had supported existing regulations forbidding counseling and promised to veto legislation rewriting them. Those regulations are much too harsh. They forbid physicians in such clinics from even mentioning the word abortion, even to women they feel it is their unavoidable professional obligation to so counsel.
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March 3, 2002
THIS IS THE price of Dick Cheney's obstinacy: Until he tells the truth, Americans will wonder whether the nation's natural resources and power supply are controlled by campaign chits. Whether clean air is a right or a commodity. Whether the Office of the Vice President, and by extension the executive branch, is for sale. Mr. Cheney's failure to disclose the work of his National Energy Policy Development Group is a sin of omission, with escalating potential for credibility damage. In the early going, the question was whether now-disgraced Enron officials influenced national energy policy at Mr. Cheney's meetings.
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By Jules Witcover | February 3, 2014
As President Obama embarks on his sixth year in the Oval Office, he does so with a greater reality of the political equation he faces, as clearly demonstrated the other night in his State of the Union address. The freshman chief executive five years ago entered the office expressly committed to change the way Washington worked. But now he's acknowledged to Congress and the nation that fundamental change was an illusion. As long as pivotal elements in the legislative branch are dug in against his aspirations for legislative cooperation, Mr. Obama has admitted, he has to rely on his own executive powers and persuasion.
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October 11, 2013
I served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war, and I am deeply indebted to those who gave their lives so we could enjoy living in a free society. Our founders, who believed in the Creator, were the architects of a system of checks and balances that comes as close to being fair (given that man is inherently selfish) as can possibly be conceived. Even as we watch events drag out before us and witness the childish displays of those who are serving at our behest, our system of government will trump the idiocy that is currently on display because it was designed to do so. I thank our forefathers for having the foresight to envision events that may challenge our liberty like those before us now. Never in the history of the United States has the executive branch closed down national parks and lands on which they have leases for the purpose of hurting Americans in ways that are as harmful as possible.
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October 8, 2013
I am sorry our founding fathers did not form a parliamentary government ("As tensions rise, Republicans and Democrats focus on debt ceiling," Oct. 7). It would have given us more say in matters affecting us. How sad that our two-party system has turned into a childish, inept, political mess and the executive branch has become a semi-dictatorship. God help us! Joy Shillman, Baltimore
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By Jules Witcover | October 7, 2013
The current row over who's to blame for the latest government showdown brings to mind the story of the two men arguing on a street corner whether the world is round or flat. They agree to ask an amiable passer-by to settle the matter. He ponders the question for a moment, then tells them: "Among men of good will, the truth must surely lie somewhere in between. " That's about the way it is among all those casual onlookers who insist both sides in the fight must share the blame for the stalemate.
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July 15, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid says he's thoroughly fed up with Republicans' abuse of the filibuster rule to block President Obama's executive branch appointees. This week he may finally get a chance to do something about it. In saying that he may invoke what is known as the "nuclear option," Mr. Reid has signaled his readiness to impose a small but significant change in the Senate rules that would reduce the number of votes needed to break a filibuster in certain circumstances - from a supermajority of 60 votes to a simple majority of 51. Mr. Reid is not proposing to eliminate the filibuster altogether, merely to prevent the minority party from derailing Senate confirmation of the president's nominees for executive agency posts.
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July 8, 2013
So the Sun editorial staff considers the delay in implementing a portion of the president's health care law to be only "an embarrassment" that "doesn't begin to undermine the good that will be done by the Affordable Care Act ? ("Obamacare delay sounds worse than it is," July 3.) I was under the impression that the executive branch of the government executed the laws that, without modification, the legislative branch enacted. Has the president forgotten that is why we have separate branches of government?
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By New York Times News Service. | June 20, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers say they plan to dig deeper into the administration's use of bill-signing statements as a way to circumvent congressional intent. In a limited examination of the Bush administration's practice of reserving the authority to interpret legislation, the Government Accountability Office determined that in six out of 19 cases it studied, the administration did not follow the law as written after President Bush expressed reservations about some legislative directives. By using signing statements, the president has reserved the right not to enforce any laws he thinks violate the Constitution or national security, or that impair foreign relations.
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By New York Times | December 4, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The federal ethics agency is telling government workers that they can not accept payment for giving speeches or writing articles, even if the subject is completely unrelated to their work."
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March 23, 2013
Outside observers must wonder what goes on in our state legislature. On one hand, the majority restricts citizens' ability to defend themselves against multiple armed assailants, thus implying the executive branch's competence to protect us. On the other hand, the same majority eliminates capital punishment, thus implying the incompetence of the judicial branch to arrive at accurate verdicts. Perhaps now victims of multiple armed assailants can mount a class action lawsuit against the legislators who voted to give the advantage in firepower to criminals.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
On her first full day on the job, the new Anne Arundel County executive shut down a surveillance operation inside the county office building that included 500 cameras recording minute-by-minute activity in and around numerous county government facilities. County Executive Laura Neuman said she became "suspicious" upon discovering the surveillance equipment, and called law enforcement officials about the operation, which was conducted from a small, unmarked room at the Arundel Center complex that few seemed to know about.
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