"[W]e must regain our ability to feel outrage whenever our government acts lawlessly and devises bogus constitutional arguments for outlandishly expansive presidential power. Otherwise, our own deep cynicism, about the possibility for a President and presidential lawyers to respect legal constraints, itself will threaten the rule of law — and not just for the remaining nine months of this administration, but for years and administrations to come." - Dawn Johnsen
Johnsen will head the Office of Legal Counsel for the Obama administration. Glenn Greenwald comments on the significance, but I'll state the obvious: it is step in the right direction, to say the least, when moving from an OLC that secretly advocates for Presidential dictatorship to one which condemns it.
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