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Recess Appointments

White House: 'We Respectfully But Strongly Disagree'

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it disagrees with a U.S. federal appeals court's "nov...

Federal Court Smacks Down Obama Appointments

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Lab...

Lincoln's Inaugural Counsel: Appointment Resolve for Obama's Road Forward

Victor Williams | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Victor Williams

Lincoln boldly appointed all the officials and judges needed to preserve a functioning national government. Abraham Lincoln thus signed hundreds of recess commissions.

Court Hears Challenge To Obama Recess Appointments

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans and business groups told a federal appeals court Wednesday that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution earlie...

Courts (Should Not) Consider Recess Appointment Challenges: Posner Explains Political Questions

Victor Williams | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Victor Williams

Just as would their presidential nominee, the GOP congressional obstructionists badly underestimated the political instinct and constitutional courage of President Barack Obama.

Bold Obama Move Challenged

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago heard arguments Friday in a case that challenges whether President Barack Obama had the authority t...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Republicans Join Legal Challenge Of Obama's Recess Appointments | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are joining a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of some of President Barack Obama's recess appointments in Ja...

Ben Hallman

Housing Regulator Won't Heed President Obama On Foreclosure Fix | Ben Hallman | Posted 02.28.2012 | Business

High-level efforts to convince federal housing regulator Edward DeMarco to support a foreclosure prevention technique championed by the Obama administ...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid: I'll Ask Obama To Recess Appoint All Nominees If GOP Delays Continue | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fired a warning shot to Republicans on Friday: Stop blocking President Barack Obama's executi...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senators Promise To Join Suit Against Obama Recess Appointments | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 39 Republican senators signed on to a letter Friday promising to join lawsuits against President Obama's recent recess appoin...

Stop Over-the-Top Attacks on the Office of Legal Counsel, and Focus on Governing

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Please -- cut the hyperbole, senators, and get back to work.

Jennifer Bendery

Sen Mike Lee Vows To Block Obama's Nominees, Uses PAC To Raise Money Off Effort | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) insists it is the Constitution, not politics, driving his vow to unilaterally block all of President Barack Obama...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Boycott Of Consumer Finance Watchdog Fizzles | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican boycott of the first official Senate testimony of President Obama's consumer finance watchdog fizzled Tuesday, as only half...

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.

Jason Linkins

Lawmaker Will Prove Congress Isn't In Recess As Soon As She Returns From Recess | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Jonathan Bernstein has caught Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) making what is, in his estimation, the "best self-refuting argument ever." From her press rel...

Constitution Check: Can the Senate Block the President's Appointment Powers?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

We checked the Constitution, and the dispute between the former government legal officials and the president's spokesman is one of those constitutional controversies that remain truly unsettled even 225 years after the founding document was written.

Both Sides Now: Can Blue-Collar Rick Challenge Blue-Blood Mitt?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgMatalin and Reagan spar after Iowa's NOTA (none-of-the-above) tie. Is Romney inevitable or insufferable?

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

Republicans Press Justice Dept On Legality Of Recess Appointments | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House and Senate Republicans fired off letters to the Justice Department on Friday demanding to know what role the agency played, if any...

WATCH: Jon Stewart Slams Republicans Over Recess Appointment 'Outrage'

Posted 01.06.2012 | Comedy

President Obama flexed his muscles ever-so-slightly this week when he made a recess appointment of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial P...

Michael McAuliff

White House, Dems: If Congress Isn't In Recess, Why Isn't It Working? | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Republicans complaining that President Obama made recess appointments while Congress is not in recess, House Democrats Thursday sug...

Michael McAuliff

Scott Brown Backs Obama End Run Appointment Of CFPB Boss Cordray | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bucking his party's leadership, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) Wednesday expressed his support for President Obama's decision to name Richa...

The Chief Justice and the Cordray Appointment

Doug Kendall | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

President Obama announced today that he will use his constitutional authority under the Recess Appointments Clause to push through vital political appointments. Partisans on each side in this matter will surely accuse the other of playing partisan dirty tricks. Senate Republicans have already accused the president of a power grab because, they claim, the pro-forma session means that the Senate is not technically in recess. The president's supporters will counter by saying that Republican Senators are using the trick of pro-forma sessions to strip the president of the recess appointment authority specifically provided to him by the Constitution. But if we consider legal precedents, it's likely that after all this partisan squabbling ends, the president may have the Chief Justice on his side.

Dave Jamieson

Inviting Fury From GOP, Obama Doubles Down On Recess Appointments | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Doubling down on President Barack Obama's bold recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, t...

Supporting Obama: The Constitutional Case for Recess Appointments

Victor Williams | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Victor Williams

As high level federal vacancies continue to damage our government and economy, Barack Obama considers how best to push back against Senate confirmati...