100 Days and Pen-and-Phone Governance

Nathan Thompson

Jake Tapper summarized the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency well: “Long on executive orders, short on major legislative accomplishments.

Of course, President Barack Obama was also famously (or infamously, depending upon your point of view) willing to use the “pen and phone” of executive orders to achieve his policy aims. But while many of President Trump’s executive orders have merely erased the ones issued by President Obama, our current commander-in-chief has similarly not shied away from privileging the pen and phone over Congressional legislation. Continue reading “100 Days and Pen-and-Phone Governance”

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