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Cass R. Sunstein

There’s Nothing Nefarious About Executive Orders

George Washington used them. So did Lincoln, Obama and Trump. Biden will, too. They’re just an ordinary part of governing.

He did some normal things, too.

He did some normal things, too.

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Here are three popular myths about executive orders:

Even among serious and experienced observers, there is widespread belief in these falsehoods. That’s a big problem because President-elect Joe Biden is about to issue a bunch of executive orders. Citizens need to understand what they are and what they do.