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Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any President since Grover Cleveland

President Obama's promise in his State of the Union address to make robust use of executive orders this year belies the fact that he's the executive-in-chief to have so far made the least frequent use of orders since Grover Cleveland occupied the White House.

U.S.-EU split on data privacy could upend the Internet, diplomat says

Suspending the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework would have major repercussions – not just for trade, but for the nature of the Internet, said Francois Rivasseau, deputy head of the EU Delegation to the United States.

Obama asserts executive power in State of the Union

Bucking Congress, President Obama promised a slew of executive orders and directives including increased minimum wage for federal contractors, a review of federal training programs and more high tech manufacturing hubs during his State of the Union Address Jan. 28.

Recovery Act bred innovation in grant oversight

Federal agencies learned new approaches to accountability amid their effort to oversee massive spending on grants under the 2009 stimulus law, a review by the Government Accountability Office found.

Obama expected to focus on executive power in State of the Union

President Obama will look past Congress and focus on issues he can tackle through his own power in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

McConnell wants to use debt limit to leverage Keystone XL approval

Another debt limit showdown in February could be brewing as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Republicans would press the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in exchange for a debt ceiling hike.

Federal privacy board majority recommends end to telephony metadata program

A federal privacy oversight board says the federal government should end the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata, stating that it has "shown minimal value" in counterterrorism efforts and that it raises constitutional concerns.

Verizon details government requests for user data

Verizon released its first report on government requests for customer information Jan. 22, drawing praise for its thoroughness. Federal, state and local authorities issued more than 320,000 requests for customer data in 2013, in the form of subpoenas, warrants, national security letters and court orders.

Obama announces surveillance program changes

President Obama announced reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs in a speech Jan. 17, while also repeatedly defending their importance.

The Iran sanctions dispute and the power of the presidency

The clash over sanctions against Iran between President Obama and members of Congress--including Democrats--has complicated the idea that the president has more leeway on foreign affairs issues than domestic matters.