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Obama consolidating power

And here again, the administration argues that a less polarized Congress would be able to make minor patches to Obamacare, as past Congresses have repeatedly done with big new laws — yet the GOP refuses to do so, demanding only a full repeal of the law.

And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States of America." But interviews with academic, legal, and policy experts make clear Obama has done little to roll back Bush's expansion of executive power — and that, instead, he's added a few innovations of his own.

"The consensus is that he's not the disruptor in terms of presidential power that he purported to be," says Mitchel Sollenberger, a political scientist at the University of Michigan.

All but 5 Republicans voted in favor — those opposed believed the lawsuit didn't go far enough.

Speaker John Boehner chided the Democrats: "Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?

It was a charge that, a few short years before, would have sounded perfectly natural coming from Senator Barack Obama.

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"I taught constitutional law for 10 years," Obama said in March 2008. The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all."Bush had grabbed these powers unilaterally, but it was then more or less ratified by Congress," says Andrew Rudalevidge, a professor at Bowdoin College."So Obama can say with a straight face, 'I'm working within statutory authority.' waivers to the No Child Left Behind education law, the delay of Obamacare's employer mandate, and the deferral of deportations for young unauthorized immigrants.Howell agrees, saying, "a gridlocked and polarized Congress is unlikely to be able to make this happen.So here, as with other issues, the paralysis of the legislative branch lets the president step in and take new actions that look a lot like writing law.But as he neared the end of his speech, he was knocked off-script by an activist in the audience. President, please use your executive order to halt deportations for all 11.5 [million] undocumented immigrants in this country right now," said Ju Hong, himself an unauthorized immigrant whose Korean parents had come to the US 12 years ago, but overstayed a tourist visa."We agree that we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform.t was widely expected that this provision of the law would be modified or abandoned by Congress before the 2014 deadline actually kicked in. The Democrats never got around to it when they controlled both chambers, and when the GOP took the House in 2010, NCLB reforms weren't able to break through the gridlock"He used what was, in my view, a waiver provision for modest experiments and transformed it into a platform for the redesign of the statute," says Bruce Ackerman, a professor at Yale Law School.Ackerman believes the NCLB waivers were Obama's "most troubling" use of executive power on the domestic front.By the year 2014, the law states, 100 percent of every school's students would have to score as proficient in reading and math on state tests.Schools where this didn't occur for two years would be marked as underperforming and face serious sanctions.

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