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Recess Appointments

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Has Tiny Window To Appoint Consumer Protection Chief | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been pressing the Senate for months to confirm Richard Cordray as the director of the new Consumer Financial ...

NLRB and CFPB Recess Appointments: Obama's New Year's Options

Victor Williams | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

In a time and place of his choosing, Barack Obama should use the Article II, Section 2 recess appointment alternative.

Andrea Stone

Time For Him To Go: Temporary Customs And Border Commissioner Resigns | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time's up for the head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who announced Thursday he is stepping down at the end of the year when...

By Nuclear Threat or Weekend Recess

Victor Williams | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

The Senate majority's unified, strategic and forceful stand against ever-increasing minority obstruction holds the potential to be a game-changing event for the 112th Senate.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Duck Recess Fight With GOP As Elizabeth Warren Dangles | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress have called out the Democrats for a fight over recess -- but there are few signs the Democrats are going to show...

Obama Announces Six Recess Appointments

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama bypassed the Senate Wednesday to make six recess appointments, including a deputy attorney general whose links...

Obama Makes 4 Recess Appointments While On Vacation

AP | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — Once again bypassing a gridlocked Senate, President Barack Obama acted Thursday to install three agency officials and a ...

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Whether Obama Makes Recess Appointments Depends On McConnell | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration hinted strongly on Tuesday that it would use the president's power to appoint officials without congressional confirmation du...

Obama Bypassing Senate To Fill Medicare Post

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama intends to use the congressional recess to bypass the Senate and appoint Dr. Donald Berwick, an expert on pa...

NYU Graduate Employees File for Union Recognition, Hope to Overturn Bush Era Ruling

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Graduate employees at NYU hope to become the first union of its kind at a private university since they were stripped of federal labor law protections by Bush appointees in 2004.

Jason Linkins

Dawn Johnsen's Usefulness As A Stalking Horse For Principles Is Apparently Over | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Surprise! Last Friday, the White House announced that Dawn Johnsen had withdrawn her nomination. The announcement was pretty anodyne, but I'm guessing that maybe Johnsen withdrew in abject disgust.

Jason Linkins

Dawn Johnsen Says Her OLC Nomination Foundered Due To Her Opposition To Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In her first public statement since she withdrew her nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel, Dawn Johnsen briefly discusses the reason her nom...

Shadow Elite: Warrantless Wiretap Case & Obama: Abuse of Executive Power?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Last week's ruling that the warrantless wiretapping from the post 9-11 era is illegal was not just a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration. It also slammed the current administration.

Green News Report -- April 6, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! Welcome aboard to our latest new affili...

Obama Recess Appointments: Confronting Senate Confirmation Obstruction in Summer 2010

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Our nation's challenges grow more daunting daily. Meanwhile, over two hundred top federal posts remain vacant. Obama should audaciously use his recess appointment authority at every opportunity.

Obama's NLRB Recess Appointments: A Flexible Economy Needs a Nimble Labor Board

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Any effective jobs strategy in America requires an efficient and functioning NLRB. An ineffective NLRB is bad for American workers, and it is bad for American business, too.

Dan Froomkin

Obama Recess Appoints 15 Top Appointees, End-Running GOP Obstruction | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama on Saturday announced the recess appointment of 15 political appointees whose nominations had been stalled by Republicans. "The Unit...

Obama's Recess Appointments: GOPers Raging Now, Welcomed Process Under Bush

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's decision to bypass the vacationing Senate and directly appoint 15 nominees has produced some expected cries of outrage from Republic...

After Waiting 14 Months Obama Finally Chooses To Show Up, Govern

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

After being in office for 14 months President Obama is finally choosing to begin to govern the country. Today, for example, he finally decided it would be a good idea to put a few people into vacant offices.

Jason Linkins

NLRB Recess Appointments Supported By John Roberts, Opposed By John McCain | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Since 2008, the National Labor Relations Board has struggled on with only two out of the five members it is supposed to have. And so, it hasn't been ...

Ryan Grim

Bush Recess Appointee To Obama: Make Recess Appointments | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John Bolton, President Bush's most high-profile recess appointee, urged President Obama on Friday to use similar authority to move some of his own nom...

Is Obama Hanging Workers Out to Dry?

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

The war on Obama's labor nominees is far bigger than any one person named to any one position. It's about the public perception of unions, and the GOP's success at demonizing unions and their members.

Obama Better Start Breaking Kneecaps

David Bourgeois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bourgeois

By Obama's actions, he doesn't want to become simply a liberal version of George W. Bush, ramming liberal policies down the throats of Congress -- much to my chagrin. He needs to rethink that.

Examining the "Recess of the Senate''

Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lucey

The recess appointment power is not unprecedented, and it's hardly rare. George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments, while Clinton made 139 appointments.

Sam Stein

Obama's 'Victory' Over Senate Confirmations Not All That Clear | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The confirmation of 27 presidential nominees late Thursday is being hailed as a major victory for the Obama White House after a political showdown wit...