President Obama's claims of broad executive authority to carry out the war on terror are drawing fire from federal judges nominated by President George W. Bush, who asserted the sweeping powers in the first place, says Politico.com. In recent weeks, three Bush appointees have rejected arguments from Obama's Justice Department, which adopted positions the Bush administration had staked out.
In each case, the Bush-appointed judge said the executive branch was claiming more powers than the law allowed. “It took a while for the courts to turn on George Bush. Obama's not getting that same period,” said law Prof. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University. “The fact that these are Republican appointees tends to add an exclamation point to their decisions.”