How Trump erased the election-year line between politics and policy

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WASHINGTON — In the past few months, President Donald Trump has invited supporters wearing “Make America Great Again” campaign gear onstage with him during official presidential speeches. He has criticized Democratic rival Joe Biden in Rose Garden addresses. He has played campaign-style videos in the White House briefing room, and he has used his campaign playlist, typically reserved for rallies, at official presidential events.

Presidents running for re-election have traditionally worked to balance official government business with campaign activity. But government watchdogs and officials from past administrations warn that Trump has smashed that norm, showing an unusual willingness to use

Democrats Slam Trump’s Executive Actions, Critiquing Both Substance And Legality : NPR

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President Trump signs executive actions regarding coronavirus economic relief during a news conference in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday. A number of lawmakers are criticizing the measures’ substance and constitutionality.

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President Trump signs executive actions regarding coronavirus economic relief during a news conference in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday. A number of lawmakers are criticizing the measures’ substance and constitutionality.

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Democrats on Sunday slammed President Trump’s executive actions aimed at providing economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic, saying the measures

COVID-19 and the impact on NH attorneys

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Many readers of this column are New Hampshire business owners who, from time to time, use the services of New Hampshire lawyers, and a few readers are themselves New Hampshire lawyers.

The ideas in the article are derived in part from my discussions with fellow New Hampshire lawyers, but also from the American Bar Association Journal, a major national legal journal whose August/September 2020 issue is largely devoted to the subject of this column.

Lawyers are working at home

Because of social distancing, most New Hampshire lawyers and their staff assistants, like people in many other fields, are now

Lacking Congressional approval, legal experts question authority over latest executive orders

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Some question whether the president will be able to extend enhanced unemployment benefits he put in an executive order without approval from Congress. 

Since the pandemic started in the US, 9.7 million Californians have filed for unemployment, and more than 4-million are currently collecting benefits.

With the recent loss of that extra $600, many are wondering when and if they’ll get the $400 the president is promising.

The president’s order calls for state’s to pay 25% of the reduced $400 unemployment insurance enhancement, with the