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February 12, 1986 | JACK NELSON and LEE MAY, Times Staff Writers
President Reagan indicated Tuesday that he favors a proposal by Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III to abolish the 20-year-old executive order that empowers the Labor Department to set minority hiring goals and timetables for federal contractors. The order, strongly supported by Labor Secretary William E. Brock III and at least two black Republican groups, has been considered a key affirmative action measure by civil rights organizations.
November 2, 2001 | From the Washington Post
President Bush signed an executive order Thursday night allowing either the White House or former presidents to veto release of their presidential papers, drawing criticism from President Clinton and several historians. The order reinterprets the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which put papers of future presidents in the public domain, following a court fight over President Nixon's papers. It envisioned the release of most sensitive records 12 years after a president had left office.
October 25, 1985
Leave it as it is, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole says of the presidential executive order that tells federal contractors that they must hire women and minorities. Good advice. Leave as is an order that has been enforced by every President since Lyndon B. Johnson, that has opened many doors of opportunity and is now accepted as good for business by many corporations. Atty. Gen.
May 18, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Hewlett fire in Colorado has grown to 7,673 acres, prompting officials Friday to declare an emergency.  In an executive order, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared the emergency because of the fire in Larimer County. The move makes $3 million in state emergency funds available for firefighting. “The Hewlett Fire's proximity to numerous homes and property poses an imminent danger to life and property and, therefore, constitutes a disaster for the purposes of the act,” according to the executive order.
October 3, 2012
As a general proposition, Mitt Romney's campaign has striven to distance itself from the George W. Bush administration. But the candidate and his advisors seem intent on restoring one of that administration's most discredited policies: the use of torture to extract information from suspected terrorists. Such a return to what President Obama rightly has called a "dark and painful chapter in our history" would endanger, not enhance, American security. The New York Times recently reported on a memo by a group of Romney legal advisors urging him, if elected, to rescind an executive order issued by Obama that bans "enhanced interrogation techniques" not permitted by the Army Field Manual.
April 13, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- President Obama signed an executive order Friday creating an interagency task force to coordinate oversight of the country's booming natural gas development, a step that eased industry concerns about the relatively high number of federal agencies involved in the process. The task force will be chaired by White House energy adviser Heather Zichal and have "deputy-level representatives” from the departments of Defense, Energy, Interior and Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
Even before President Bush stepped to the microphone Wednesday to announce his mobilization of military reserves to support the Persian Gulf deployment, phones were ringing in the homes and offices of citizen-soldiers across the nation. Reserve unit commanders were checking their rosters and getting the word out to make sure the frequently practiced but rarely executed call-up process would go smoothly, once the Pentagon designates which units must report and where they will be going.
August 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
In a surprising setback for conservatives Wednesday, the House rejected a proposal by Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) to void President Clinton's executive order barring bias against homosexuals in the federal work force. In an election year in which Republicans have repeatedly taken on the homosexual community in word and in votes, the 252-176 roll call saw 188 Democrats joined by one independent and 63 Republicans who said the proposal went too far.
July 21, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
President Bush signed an order Friday that clears the way for the CIA to resume some of the harsh interrogation methods it has used against terrorism suspects, but the order prohibits techniques that had caused an international outcry, including sexual humiliation and the denigration of religious symbols.
After days of political wrangling, Senate Republicans on Wednesday admitted defeat and withdrew their bid to block an executive order protecting striking workers, a measure President Clinton had signed last week. In a clear victory for the White House, Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) announced late Wednesday that Senate Republicans no longer would seek to amend an emergency defense budget bill to include a provision barring federal agencies from enforcing Clinton's order.
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