Chart Imitates Life: Executive orders

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As promised, here is the chart featured in tonight’s “Chart Imitates Life” segment, showing executive orders issued by president per day in office. Note that the per-day average is slightly different from the per-year average in the chart Steve Benen posted earlier today. You can also see The American Presidency Project for a tally of the raw numbers of executive orders issued by every U.S. president, broken down by terms and totals. The New York Magazine source referenced on the chart can be found here.

The Rachel Maddow Show, 1/29/14, 10:26 PM ET

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Chart Imitates Life: Executive orders

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