Dems Scrutinize Bush's Midnight Regulations

President George W. Bush

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The Bush White House is tying up loose ends and pushing through last-minute legislation.

The term "midnight regulations" describes a presidential administration's mad dash to change policy before leaving office.

Those regulations, however, can be undone. Today marks a deadline in the process; rules submitted after November 20th are easier to overturn.

But how will these 11th hour decrees impact important issues like abortion and the environment?

U.C. Berkeley law professor Anne Joseph O'Connell explains how the system works. Then, Joaquin Sapien — a reporter for Pro Publica, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigative journalism — discusses the regulations' potential impact.

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