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What the President Should Do...

"What the President Should Do” is a new series by the Cato Institute discussing what President Obama can do using executive authority his final year in office to make the U.S. a freer and happier place. 
 Marijuana deregulation sits squarely within the control of the executive. The president should use his executive powers to allow for intelligent enforcement for drug policy without eroding the rule of law.
In his final year in office, President Obama could make the world a better place simply by ending U.S. support for the disastrous Saudi-led War in Yemen.
Civil asset forfeiture creates an inappropriate profit motive for predatory policing, it distorts the priorities of law enforcement, and it tramples our constitutional principles. President Obama should take the time to end these practices before he leaves office.
In his final year in office, the president should make it a goal to commute the sentences of those nonviolent prisoners serving life without parole, provided that they have continued to live a nonviolent life in prison. 
The federal government under Barack Obama is no more transparent than during any other administration. But the third National Action Plan for open government promises something very special: a machine-readable government organization chart.
In his final year in office, President Obama should exercise his executive authority to streamline the lawful immigration system. President Obama could make some small adjustments to the employment based green card program that allows skilled immigrants to work in the United States.
By executive order, he could direct that surveillance against an American citizen or the infiltration of a domestic group only take place on the basis of probable cause, as the Fourth Amendment requires. He could then follow up that action by demanding that Congress repeal any law that contradicts that standard.
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