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Executive orders are directives from the heads of executive branches of governments at both the federal and state levels, which concern the management of government operations. They have the force of law and are declared without consent from any other branch of the government. They are, however, subject to judicial review. An executive order can only be issued by the president if it is done so under constitutional or statutory authority. The legal basis for federal executive orders stems from Article II of the US Constitution, which lays out the powers of the president. Further legal parameters for federal executive orders are found in statutes, such as the War Powers Resolution. Likewise, state constitutions and statutes are the legal basis for gubernatorial executive orders. Executive orders can be made into law if Congress chooses to pass legislation embodying the order or if an agency promulgates a regulation to the same

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07/21/2014: Obama signed order on LGBT job discrimination

04/08/2014: Obama announced the signing of executive actions targeting gender wage gap

11/01/2013: Obama administration established climate change task force through executive order

09/25/2012: Obama signed order strengthening protections against human trafficking

04/23/2012: Obama order allowed sanctions for using technology to violate human rights

02/06/2012: Obama signed order imposing stricter sanctions on Iran

07/25/2011: Obama issued sanctions to fight international criminal organizations through executive order

03/07/2011: Obama ordered resumption of Guantanamo military trials

05/21/2010: Obama signed order establishing commission to investigate BP Gulf oil spill

03/24/2010: Obama signed executive order limiting federal abortion funding

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