Content, not the number of orders.
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President Obama’s aggressive use of administrative power is testing the boundaries of executive authority on several fronts.
Obama throughout his presidency has pushed the envelope on recess appointments, prosecutorial discretion and the way his administration executes laws, drawing resistance from the other two branches of government.
Experts say Obama’s tactics are not unusual and note that he has issued fewer executive orders than many of his predecessors. But Congressional Republicans counter that it is the content, not the number, of presidential directives that has them up in arms.