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President Barack Obama has found himself in somewhat of a constitutional quagmire: the president claims he does not have the authority to approve the Keystone pipeline until it makes its way through the “independent process” of the State Department, yet he knows he has the authority to grant de facto legal status to illegal immigrants via executive order.
This strange juxtaposition of events — a vote on Keystone in Congress just days before the president issues his executive order — has forced Obama to do some fancy political footwork. Amid the president’s political posturing, he has vividly illustrated his muddled, inconsistent constitutional philosophy – a troubling situation for a self-proclaimed “constitutional law professor.”