executive order


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The broadband industry lawsuit asks the court to rule that both the Vermont law and executive order are preempted by federal law. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law," 19 Oct. 2018 Some people familiar with trump’s executive order said it was partly intended to supplant possibly stronger measures from Congress. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Rubio praises anthem-kneeling NFL player's community service," 13 Sep. 2018 Emerson aims to connect people in a way that rises above politics, whether by spreading immigrants’ voices or explaining the truths about executive orders. Alexandra Robbins, Marie Claire, "The Welcome Committee," 15 Aug. 2018 On Tuesday afternoon, five of those challengers descended on Union Square to campaign with Ms. Nixon, who has argued that Mr. Cuomo’s rallies and executive orders are little more than publicity stunts. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "As Cuomo Rallies for Abortion Rights, Nixon Questions His Bona Fides," 10 July 2018 Even the faithful acknowledge, however, that there are still forces beyond the power of a single presidential tweet or executive order. NBC News, "Betting the farm: Why the heartland still believes in Trump despite plunging prices," 6 July 2018 Two days after Trump signed a June 20 executive order ending family separations, five unmarked vans came to the facility to take the children away, neighbors told Reveal. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Report: Contractor housed separated migrant children in unlicensed office building," 6 July 2018 On Wednesday, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy said they were alarmed that Trump’s executive order made no mention of how the children will be reunited with their parents, most of whom are still in custody of the U.S. Marshals. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Groton Non-Profit Working With Child Separated From Parents At The Border," 21 June 2018 On June 20, following national outrage, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing the separation policy. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "'What can we do for the children?': Town hall in Evanston on immigration draws crowd looking for answers," 3 July 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executive order was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of executive order

: an order that comes from the U.S. President or a government agency and must be obeyed like a law

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Legal Definition of executive order 

: an order issued by a government's executive on the basis of authority specifically granted to the executive branch (as by the U.S. Constitution or a congressional act) the National Security Agency was created by an executive order — compare proclamation, statute

Note: An executive order from the president does not have the force of law until it is printed in the Federal Register.

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