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preeemp shuhn

  • n  the judicial principle asserting the supremacy of federal over state legislation on the same subject
  • n  the right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property)
  • n  the right to purchase something in advance of others
  • n  a prior appropriation of something
    the preemption of bandwidth by commercial interests

  • But that's precisely what the advocates of the administration's "preemption" doctrine, laid out in the President's graduation speech at West Point in June are advocating.
  • Still, a nuclear-armed North Korea would appear to be intolerable to Bush doctrine of preemption and "counter-proliferation.
  • It now includes two additional elements: preemption, which calls for confronting the worst threats before they emerge; and Bush's "freedom agenda," which argues for nurturing .

  • Alan Gottlieb in MarketWatch
    Now they have intervened in a New Jersey gun rights case in defense of an illegal Jersey City one-gun-a-month ordinance that violates the state preemption statute. For the past few election cycles,Gottlieb noted, "ACORN has clearly grown...
  • Barack Obama in Forbes (blog)
    The memo goes on to say that preemption of state law "should be undertaken only with full consideration of the legitimate prerogatives of the States and with a sufficient legal basis for preemption."
  • Dennis Quaid in Reuters
    I believe if preemption of lawsuits is allowed to prevail, it will basically make all of us, the public, uninformed and uncompensated lab rats,Quaid said at a House of Representatives committee hearing.

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