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Executive Branch

As it relates to the checks and balances of our American government, the Executive Branch is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The head of the Executive Branch is the President of the United States. Underneath the President are the several Departments that have been created by Executive Order. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice are just a few examples of these subgroups within the Executive Branch. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the President’s “Cabinet” of advisors.

Since the Executive Branch of our government is in charge of administrating the affairs of the nation, it is important to keep them in our prayers. The Executive Branch directs the general political flow of the federal government.

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PrayFocusExecutiveEric Holder, United States Attorney General 

Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. was born in January 1951 in The Bronx, New York. His family has roots in Barbados. Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens and attended public school until age 10 when he was selected to participate in a program for intellectually-gifted students. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, and received a B.A. in American History from Columbia College. Within a few years he had received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School.

Holder worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund during his first summer of law school, and for the United States Attorney during the second summer. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Justice Department’s new Public Integrity Section. President Ronald Reagan appointed Holder to serve as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Holder stepped down from the bench to accept an appointment as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from President Bill Clinton. Four years later, President Clinton nominated Holder to be the Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno, and he was confirmed by a unanimous vote in the Senate.

During the George W. Bush administration, Holder worked in private law practice, representing – among others – the National Football League in its litigation against Michael Vick. Holder worked for the presidential campaign of then U.S. Senator Barack Obama as a senior legal advisor.

Holder was formally appointed to the post of Attorney General by President Obama on inauguration day 2009, and was confirmed by the Senate within two weeks. He announced his resignation from the Obama Administration in September 2014, but will serve until a replacement is selected and confirmed.

Holder is married to Dr. Sharon Malone, an obstetrician, and the couple has three children. He is an Episcopalian.

IN THE NEWS: For the first time, federal agents will be formally prohibited from profiling people based on their national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation, in addition to their race or ethnicity, according to new rules from the Department of Justice. The racial profiling rules will also apply on a limited basis to state and local police officers who participate in federal operations, as well as intelligence agencies. Attorney General Eric Holder pointed to “isolated acts of discrimination” that he said have promoted mistrust of law enforcement. These rules were in the works long before the recent deaths brought renewed national scrutiny to police tactics. But Holder said the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City underscore the need for strengthened regulations.

Today’s Presidential Schedule

Friday December 19, 2014

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President Obama thanked around 3,000 troops and their families during an appearance Monday at a New Jersey military base. The President praised America’s military for protecting the nation’s safety, freedom and security.

A senior administration official says President Obama is still deciding whether or not to sign a bill that authorizes new sanctions against Russia. Last week, Congress passed a bill authorizing the U.S. to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Pray for President Obama as he makes key decisions regarding the military and economic issues.