—Bob Sullivan, Canton
A: Obama used his power under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to add land to the California Coastal National Monument along the Mendocino coastline earlier this month. The act allows the president to protect "… historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States … ." The Associated Press reported that this move permanently protects that land. The National Park Service states that Section 2 of the Antiquties Act Section 2 "made the establishment of national monuments an administrative action that was quicker and far more easy to execute." Executive orders, which are used to bypass Congress, can, and have been, overturned. Obama overturned George W. Bush's 2001 order that restricted public access to the papers of former presidents, and courts have overturned executive orders by Harry Truman and Bill Clinton, according to CNBC.