Holder Delivers Memo to Testy Judge

    Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Northwestern University law school, Monday, March 5, 2012 in Chicago. Holder said Monday that the decision to kill a U.S. citizen living abroad who poses a terrorist threat "is among the gravest that government leaders can face," but justified lethal action as legal and sometimes necessary in the war on terror. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

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    Attorney General Eric Holder unexpectedly complied with a random Republican judge’s demand for a memo explaining whether President Obama believes in the principle of judicial review, part of a political spat that exploded over the president’s warning to the Supreme Court not to overturn his health-care law. “The power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute," Holder said in his letter, delivered to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. Conservatives, including the Wall Street Journal editorial board, had picked up the charge that Obama was challenging the legitimacy of judicial review.

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