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Ad: If You Like Your Senator, You Can Keep Her

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:47 am

Good stuff, and the beginning of many more like it:

Chris Cilizza:

The potential ubiquity of the ad is matched by its potential power. Remember that more than six in ten registered voters in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll disapprove of President Obama’s handling of health care — including an eye-popping 50 percent who disapprove strongly. (Eighty-eight percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents disapprove of Obama handling of the health care law.) And, nearly half (47 percent) of voters said that Obamacare is making the health care system worse while just 19 percent said the ACA had made things better.

Add it all up and you have a very scary situation for Shaheen — and any other Democrat, which is almost all of them, on the record supporting the ACA. Get used to this ad. You are going to see it thousands of times — in various forms — before 2014 is over.

Let’s make “if you like your Senate majority, you can keep it” as reliable a promise as “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”

Judge: Obama Administration Position on Transparency “Cavalier” and “Troubling”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:39 am

Secrecy News reports:

DC District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle yesterday ordered the Obama Administration to release a copy of an unclassified presidential directive, and she said the attempt to withhold it represented an improper exercise of “secret law.”

The Obama White House has a “limitless” view of its authority to withhold presidential communications from the public, she wrote, but that view is wrong.

“The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the President should be permitted to convey orders throughout the Executive Branch without public oversight– to engage in what is in effect governance by ‘secret law’,” Judge Huvelle wrote in her December 17 opinion.

“The Court finds equally troubling the government’s complementary suggestion that ‘effective’ governance requires that a President’s substantive and non-classified directives to Executive Branch agencies remain concealed from public scrutiny,” she wrote.

The directive in question provides guidance to agencies in making decisions concerning foreign aid and development. The Obama administration had tried to keep this secret, relying on a doctrine (executive privilege) that typically is used to shield a president’s internal deliberations with his closest staffers. The judge recognized that this argument should not shield from public scrutiny an order conveyed to the furthest reaches of the executive branch.

Because transparency!

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