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It would be the first time the president has used his override power; but that's only because he has made unprecedented use of so-called signing statements to ignore the parts of new laws that he doesn't feel like obeying.

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A blogger surfaced The Boston Globe's list of President Bush's most egregious use of signing statements (the "interpretations" Bush makes of about-to-be-signed bills to avoid following the laws' intent). Worst one: Bush asserts a right to waive the torture ban if doing so will prevent terrorist attacks.

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Dick Cheney's chief of staff, David Addington, routinely reviews legislation bound for the president's desk, searching for ways that the bills may limit presidential power. More than a quick-hit news item, this article masterly describes Bush's use of signing statements--interpretations of a law that can be used to subvert a law's intended purpose. Earlier: Addington--"The Most Powerful Person You've Never Heard Of"

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