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Savage Washington coverage wins the Pulitzer

Charlie Savage, a Washington correspondent at the Boston Globe, won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting this year. The prize was for his coverage and exposure of the 750+ signing statements the President has made - a staggering number, more than all other presidents combined. From one of the award winning articles:

President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

That article, entitled Bush challenges hundreds of laws, is one in a series of Savage articles awarded the Pulitzer. It was this series of articles that sparked the American Bar Association to put a bipartisan task force together to investigate and report on the signing statements. Their report is pretty damning. Here's how the ABA press release leads:

Presidential signing statements that assert President Bush's authority to disregard or decline to enforce laws adopted by Congress undermine the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers.

The ABA task force "urges Congress to adopt legislation enabling its members to seek court review of signing statements". Yes, and in addition, the President should just stop using them.

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