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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:51 PM
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Obama limits ex-presidents' discretion on records
Obama limits ex-presidents' discretion on records

By MARK SHERMAN


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama issued an executive order Wednesday that limits the ability of former presidents to block the release of sensitive records of their time in the White House.

Obama's action in his first full day in office overturned an earlier order issued by George W. Bush that prompted a federal lawsuit.

Obama said former presidents may ask to have certain documents kept private, but they no longer may compel the National Archives to do so.

Obama's executive order also makes clear that neither former vice presidents nor relatives of former presidents who have died have authority to keep records private.

Bush's executive order was issued in November 2001. A federal judge ruled parts of it invalid in 2007. Obama's order revoked it entirely.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OBAMA_PRESIDENTI...
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:52 PM
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1. Time to go after Cheney's massive stashes now.....eom
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:52 PM
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2. So, we could get some interesting stuff out of this...
:smoke:
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:54 PM
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3. Rolling, rolling, rolling....
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:54 PM
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4. Oh, this is going to be good!
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Ecumenist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:55 PM
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5. Yay Barry! Ah Rah-rah-rah! YAY BARRY!! A-RAH-RAH-RAH!!
:toast: :toast: :bounce: :bounce: :fistbump: :fistbump: :headbang: :headbang: :yourock: :yourock: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :yourock: :yourock: :headbang: :headbang: :fistbump: :fistbump: :bounce: :bounce: :toast: :toast:
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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8. yep!!!
Piece by piece, step by step, he is giving the government back to the people.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:56 PM
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6. YES! I was waiting for that!
I think Bush and Cheney both took shits about 9.3 Courics each!
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Shardik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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7. When I heard Obama mentioned this earlier I knew we had the right man
in the right job.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:57 PM
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9. I have a feeling I will be doing this a lot....
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:00 PM
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10. Full steam ahead! n/t
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:20 PM
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11. How would this apply to say, the hearings about Prescott Bush?
While this is wonderful news -- didn't GHW have a little trick of getting documents *disappeared*? He certainly did it with his idiot son's laughable military records.

I'd love to be able to dig into the paperwork about the elder nazi loving Bush.
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:20 PM
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12. YESSSSSSSSSS n/t
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:24 PM
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13. nice to have a guy who knows the constitutions and constitution law n/t
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:32 PM
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14. I suspect there are very few records left to examine except for Clinton's
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 06:33 PM by Winterblues
You know they have spent all eight years covering their tracks going all the way back to Nixon.
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Tennessee Gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:42 PM
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15. I am loving Obama!
This man knows what is best for this country!
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Libertyfirst Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:54 PM
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16. As a noted predecessor said, "of the of the people, by the people, for the people.
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IndependentDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:48 AM
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17. I was just reading the executive order on whitehouse.gov
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 01:49 AM by IndependentDem
I hope this is the first step toward prosecuting bush co.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:30 AM
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18. bwahahah, is the impending doom what prompted this?
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