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Thank you, American Bar Association

The American Bar Association has said it will conduct a review of Bush's "signing statements". The signing statements, if you didn't already know, are little notes Bush sticks on laws passed by the U.S. Congress that details how he will exercise it, if at all.

A prime example of this would be Bush's signing statement attached to McCain's anti-torture bill. Bush basically said he'll follow the law unless he doesn't think it needs to be followed.

So, thanks ABA. Do what you've got to do.

From The Boston Globe ...
The board of governors of the American Bar Association voted unanimously yesterday to investigate whether President Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws that have been enacted since he took office.

Meeting in New Orleans, the board of governors for the world's largest association of legal professionals approved the creation of an all-star legal panel with a number of members from both political parties.

They include a former federal appeals court chief judge, a former FBI director, and several prominent scholars -- to evaluate Bush's assertions that he has the power to ignore laws that conflict with his interpretation of the Constitution.

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