Obama announced that he would work with Congress to end the bulk collection of metadata by the NSA. Weird - one might have thought the NSA was in the Executive Branch under Obama, but who knows what powers they hold now.
The NY Times editors are equally mystified:
If President Obama really wants to end the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, he doesn’t need to ask the permission of Congress, as he said on Tuesday he would do. He can just end it himself, immediately.
Well, yes he can. I guess Mr. Executive Action lost his pen and no longer trusts his phone. Or maybe this is one more show to dazzle the few remaining rubes.
AND NOBODY SAW THIS COMING... U.S. to Extend Sign-Up Period For Insurance
WASHINGTON — With less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the federal exchange.
Several states running their own exchanges, including Maryland, Minnesota and Nevada, have taken similar steps in the last two weeks.
Open enrollment was scheduled to end on Monday for all Americans. The White House had previously insisted that the deadline was firm and would not be extended.
Looks like the pen or the phone is back in action (and the tedious text of the law and announced rules are irrelevant) when Obama wants results.
PILING ON: Via Matt Drudge we flash back a few weeks to a time when HHS believed they lacked the power to unilaterally extend the sign-up deadline. Ah, well, that was then; obviously, the "Send better lawyers" plea was heeded.