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Who Are The Czars, and Where Did They Come From?

September 15, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

OpenCongress doesn't delve too often into the realm of the Executive Branch, but I've received several e-mails of late asking about congressional involvement when President Obama names a "czar" within his administration. Most of the e-mails center around the meme that these "czars" are appointed without congressional approval, and have broad sway over federal powers.

The situation, of course, is a little more nuanced.

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