Hail to the Chief

Charlie Savage, Boston Globe Staff reports on April 30, 2006…
Bush challenges hundreds of laws
President cites powers of his office

WASHINGTON – President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ”whistle-blower” protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research. More…

In case you missed it…
‘The March for Peace, Justice, and Democracy’

Organizers say over 300,000 people demonstrated in New York City on Saturday, marching for 30 city blocks demanding an end to the Iraq war. Since the media blinked past it with, at best a mention of the “tens of thousands,” you may wish to read a full report by Tom Engelhardt that paints a larger picture of the, “20 packed blocks of demonstrators – bands, puppets, signs by the thousands, vets by the hundreds (if not the thousands), huge contingents of military families, congeries of the young, labor, women, the clergy, university and high school students, raging grannies, radical cheerleaders, and who knows who else – an enormous mass of humanity as far as the eye can see and probably another 10 to 15 blocks beyond that.”

Our own Donna is having making trouble in Florida…
Students at the University of Miami are hunger striking to demand that Miami President, and former Clinton cabinet member Donna Shalala honor the right of campus janitors to form a union. This hunger strike is ongoing and follows on the heels of a two-week hunger strike by janitors at the university. They need your support.
Send a letter to Shalala.

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