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August 1, 2007 | From the Washington Post
The Bush administration's chief intelligence official said Tuesday that President Bush authorized a series of secret intelligence activities under a single executive order in late 2001, making clear that a controversial National Security Agency surveillance effort was part of a much broader operation than the president previously described.
July 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The nation's spy chief, appearing Sunday in a rare broadcast interview, would not identify what CIA interrogators are allowed to do in getting information from terrorism suspects, but he tried to assure critics that torture was not used or condoned. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," defended a new order from President Bush that broadly outlines the limits of how suspects may be questioned in the CIA's terrorism interrogation program.
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.
June 23, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is not allowing an independent federal watchdog to oversee its handling of classified national security information. An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 -- amending an existing order -- requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight.
May 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The governor on Monday closed the loophole in state law that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman to buy weapons despite a court ruling that he was a threat and needed psychiatric counseling. Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine issued an executive order requiring that a database of people banned from buying guns include the name of anyone who is found to be dangerous and ordered to get involuntary mental health treatment, whether inpatient or outpatient.
April 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Texas lawmakers rejected Gov. Rick Perry's anti-cancer vaccine order Wednesday, sending him a bill that blocks state officials from requiring the shots for at least four years. Perry has said he is disappointed but has not indicated whether he will veto the bill. He has 10 days to sign or veto it, or the proposal will become law without his signature. Lawmakers can override a veto with a two-thirds vote. The legislation passed by well over that margin in both chambers. Republican Rep.
February 25, 2007 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered that all of the state's middle-school-aged girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, the backlash was swift and sure. Critics argued that the executive order promoted promiscuity, trampled on parental rights and subjected children to a new vaccine with unknown long-term effects. Texas lawmakers, unhappy that Perry sidestepped their authority, pushed a bill through committee that would rescind the mandate.
February 3, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Texas on Friday became the first state to require school-age girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that has been shown to cause cervical cancer. Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating that most girls, starting in September 2008, receive the vaccination against the human papillomavirus before entering sixth grade. More than a dozen states, including California, have been considering such a move.
January 11, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Criticizing "exorbitant" payouts in lawsuits against the city, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued an executive order Wednesday that gave his office more control of municipal risk-management efforts. The city paid more than $37 million to settle lawsuits and claims last year. Although the amount is down from previous years, Villaraigosa said he had been frustrated by some of the decisions, including a settlement proposed by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo that would have paid $2.
November 29, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the Bush administration violated the Constitution when it froze the assets of more than two dozen alleged terrorist groups after the Sept. 11 attacks. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins, in a ruling released Monday, held that an executive order Bush issued Sept. 24, 2001 -- designating 27 groups and individuals as "specially designated global terrorists" -- was "unconstitutionally vague."
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