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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Presidential Directives

How much power does the President of the United States really have?

Can he just snap his fingers and create a directive that has the same force and effect as a law created by the legislature and signed by the President?

A report titled Presidential Directives: Background and Overview helps clarify how much authority the President really has. The report was prepared for Congress by the Congressional Research Service and updated for release on April 23, 2007.

It has a discussion of not only executive orders and proclamations but also of Homeland Security Presidential Directives, national security instruments, and others including verbal presidential announcements.


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