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Two More Reasons Why the D.C. Circuit is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong on Recess Appointments

Peter M. Shane | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Congress can work mischief of its own. The Senate can hold up patently qualified nominees interminably. Or a majority of the House of Representatives may disable the Senate from going into "the recess" for no reason other than to preserve the filibustering prerogatives of a Senate minority.

OLC's Skillful Defense of President Obama's Recess Appointments and Its Possible Aftershocks

Peter M. Shane | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The Justice Department's release of on Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion regarding President Obama's recess appointments power is a welcome display of public accountability. However one analyzes the bottom line, the opinion is a model of the genre.

Applauding the President's Appointment of Richard Cordray as CFPB Director

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

The president made the right call by refusing to give in to Republicans who were holding Mr. Cordray's nomination hostage in an attempt to defang America's consumer watchdog agency.

Recess Appointments and President Obama's Surprising Restraint

Peter M. Shane | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

For all the brouhaha surrounding President Obama's recess appointments this week of three new members for the National Labor Relations Board and of Ri...

Jennifer Bendery

Richard Cordray: My Appointment Is Valid | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a day after his controversial recess appointment, Richard Cordray on Thursday moved full steam ahead with his plans for runnin...

Zach Carter

Richard Cordray Recess Appointment May Paradoxically Help Banks | Zach Carter | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has underscored t...

Jennifer Bendery

Bucking Senate Republicans, Obama Makes Bold Move | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a bold move sure to infuriate Republicans and possibly draw a court challenge, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he wil...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate GOP Blocks Obama Nominee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked an effort to put someone in charge at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move that preve...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama's Consumer Protection Nominee Ensnared In Political Fight | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may have been mostly for show, but the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday held its nomination hearing for Richard Cordray, President...

Friday Talking Points -- What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.