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  • August Arrives

    08/01/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Sextili had been the name of the eighth month, but only because it was the sixth month in the Roman calendar. Wikipedia notes that "it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days." Julius Caesar put in two additional days. Sextili became August eight years after the birth of Christ to honor Emperor Augustus. While August may have worked out well for Augustus, for American politicians August tends to be a month of scandal and trouble. Congress leaves for its August recess....
  • Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

    07/11/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-8-14 | Valerie Strauss
    The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests...
  • HIGH COURT LIMITS PRESIDENT'S APPOINTMENTS POWER

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court said Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.
  • 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will

    02/14/2014 4:52:46 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 14, 2014 | Amy Payne
    President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite. "The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America." That was candidate Obama back in 2008. This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced...
  • This Might Go-Down as 'Day We Lost the Country' if SCOTUS Allows Dubious Obama Recess Appointments

    01/14/2014 5:27:09 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 27 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Well, today's the day we have to worry if the wobbly US Supreme Court will uphold what should seem obviously sensible rulings from three lower courts: that the Obama Administration had no business whatsoever claiming short-term congressional breaks to be 'in recess' and then exploiting them to ram-through dubious 'recess appointments'. When questioned, the Obama WH's only response has been 'sue me', which soon became a reality. Since then, a U.S. appeals court in DC -and two others- said that indeed President Obama had violated the Constitution when he used the recess-appointment power to fill seats on the National Labor...
  • Start of Something New

    08/22/2013 5:01:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Last week, our two children started back to school. The prep work included buying new backpacks, books and school supplies, along with a few new clothes. Binders were labeled and organized, new textbooks were bought and thumbed through, and, for our daughter Maggie, the first day's outfit was carefully thought through and laid out the night before. Schedules were printed and reviewed. They were ready to get back to work. They were ready for a new year, a fresh start. As they walked out our door the first morning, my husband Jimmy and I reminded them that first impressions matter...
  • Congressional Outreach for Today and Tomorrow

    08/14/2013 8:07:47 AM PDT · by JSDude1
    Redstate.com ^ | 8/14/2013 | Erick Erickson
    Accountable Congress has done amazing work chronicling all the town halls and opportunities to reach out to members of Congress over August. Few groups have performed as well as them in documenting activities. They should serve as a model for every other group out there in getting this data out to Americans. It is very clear that members of Congress, regardless of party, do not want you to know where they will be this August. Well, because of Accountable Congress and groups like FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, we can tell you. Over the next several weeks I’m going to...
  • Third federal appeals court invalidates Obama NLRB recess appointment

    07/17/2013 3:12:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/17/13 | Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. – A third federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Obama´s recess appointments of three National Labor Relations Board members was unconstitutional. A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals joined federal appeals courts in the District of Columbia and Philadelphia in ruling that the Senate wasn´t really in recess when Obama filled the vacancies during an extended holiday break in January 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the D.C. case. However, the legal dispute may have been resolved politically. Obama on Tuesday nominated two new NLRB appointees to replace those
  • House Dems grouse about recess vote (Hussein's sequestration plan about to go into affect)

    02/17/2013 5:43:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/15/13 | KATE NOCERA
    Democrats hammered Republicans for voting to go into recess Friday and accused them of willfully avoiding coming up with a plan to avert the sequester. “The Democrats tried to stop the Republicans from leaving, but 220 Republicans voted to adjourn, that means we have four legislative days left to avoid the across the board cuts,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters. “They manufacture a crisis and then instead of trying to avert that crisis they go on a nine day recess. Why?" **SNIP** “The Republicans are poised to shut down government, the Republicans are poised to let sequestration go forward,...
  • Court: Obama Appointments to Labor Panel Are Unconstitutional

    01/25/2013 9:36:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 25, 203 | Staff
    President Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board. The unanimous decision is an embarrassing setback for the president, who made the appointments after Senate Republicans spent months blocking his choices for an agency they contended was biased in favor of unions. The ruling also throws into question Obama's recess...
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Adopts Landmark's Arguments, Rejects "Recess Appointments" to NLRB

    01/25/2013 10:57:34 AM PST · by CreviceTool · 12 replies
    Landmark Legal (Mark Levin) ^ | January 25, 2013 | Landmark Staff
    A three judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today adopted arguments advanced by Landmark Legal Foundation to overturn appointments made by President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Landmark argued in its amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief that the President's use of the Constitution's "recess appointments" clause violated the restrictions placed by the Constitution on that power.
  • Appeals Court Hears NLRB Recess Appointments Case

    12/05/2012 2:45:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Enterprise ^ | 12/5/12 | Sean Hackbarth
    What does it mean for the Senate to be in recess? Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was challenged to figure that out. This stems from President Obama bypassing the Senate in appointing three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Wall Street Journal sets it up: [I]n January Mr. Obama named three new members of the National Labor Relations Board along with Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when the Senate wasn't in recess. While Congress was conducting pro forma sessions, Mr. Obama pulled this end run around the Senate's advice...
  • Court casts doubt on Obama’s recess appointments

    12/05/2012 12:58:06 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/5 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good.
  • Court casts doubt on Obama’s recess appointments

    12/05/2012 10:58:26 AM PST · by Cheerio · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 5, 2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good. ...snip... Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the lead plaintiff from Senate Republicans, attended the oral argument.
  • A 'blameless' Obama scolds Congress

    09/23/2012 3:39:39 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 27 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | September 23, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    In his Saturday radio and Internet address, President Barack Obama excoriated House Republicans for commencing their scheduled recess at a time when there were numerous bills to be voted on that allegedly would have buttressed the economy. “Last week, without much fanfare, members of the House of Representatives banged a gavel, turned out the lights and rushed home, declaring their work finished for now,” Obama began. “If that frustrates you, it should, because their work isn’t finished. “When they skipped town, members of Congress left a whole bunch of proposals sitting on the table. These ideas have been around for...
  • Illegal Aliens Find Detention in U.S. May Be Good for Their Health

    04/07/2012 8:57:11 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/6/2012 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is touting the "quality" medical care it provides for 15,000 illegal aliens who are housed at 21 detention facilities throughout the nation. "A detainee's health care begins the moment they walk through the facility's doors," said Dr. Jon Krohmer, assistant director for ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). "Within the first 12 hours of their admission, all detainees undergo a preliminary health screening, which includes an evaluation of the individual's medical, dental and mental health status; and within the next 14 days, a more detailed physical examination takes place." Because so many...
  • After a long year, Congress grants itself an actual recess

    03/31/2012 3:34:30 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2012 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    The House and Senate left for a two-week break that, for the first time in a year, will not be punctuated by occasional pro forma sessions. Instead, both chambers passed an adjournment resolution this week, granting themselves an actual recess until they both return on Monday, April 16. .. Despite this battle, Republicans appeared to be put at ease enough to allow an official recess this Easter, in light of a deal that Senate leaders agreed to with the White House. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that as a result of these discussions, there would be "no...
  • GOP takes a pass on confronting Obama over Cordray

    02/12/2012 5:12:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2012 | by Suzy Khimm
    Republicans may still be incensed about Richard Cordray’s recess appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Board, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be taking it out on other Obama nominees. On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm Cathy Ann Bencivengo as a U.S. District Court judge, supporting her 90 to 6. It was the first Senate confirmation vote since President Obama appointed Cordray, and it bodes well for other nominees waiting in the wings. The few Republicans who voted against Bencivengo’s nomination made it clear that they wanted to send Obama a message about the Cordray appointment, which they...
  • Here we go: Senate Republicans to join lawsuit challenging Obama recess appointments

    02/03/2012 3:45:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2012 | Allahpundit
    Welcome news on the merits, but I doubt Obama cares much. If he wins, then the Cordray and NLRB appointments are vindicated constitutionally, which will give him political cover to be even bolder with his executive power grabs. If he loses, then instead of whining endlessly on the campaign trail this year about the conservative “do-nothing Congress” (only half of which is controlled by conservatives, of course), he can whine about the conservative “do-nothing Congress” and the conservative courts that are allegedly rubber-stamping their obstructionism. All the more reason to re-elect him and let him appoint more judges. Which is...
  • (Sen. Roger) Wicker (R-Miss.) to boycott Cordray hearing to protest Obama 'recess' appointments

    01/26/2012 5:22:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Wicker to boycott Cordray hearing to protest Obama 'recess' appointmentsBy Pete Kasperowicz - 01/26/12 03:45 PM ET Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) on Thursday afternoon said he would boycott a planned hearing next week in which Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray will testify, as a way of protesting Cordray's recess appointment to that post when the Senate was not in recess. "Let me be explicitly clear," Wicker said on the Senate floor. "Richard Cordray is not the duly constituted director of the CFPB. His purported recess appointment does not comply with the Constitution, and is in fact a...
  • White House justifies recess appointments, but leaves many boards unfilled

    01/22/2012 9:28:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/22/12 | ap
    President Barack Obama's appointments to two key agencies during the Senate's year-end break ensures that GOP senators will return to work Monday in an angry and fighting mood. Less clear is what those furious Republicans will do to retaliate against Obama's "bring it on" end run around the Senate's role in confirming nominees to major jobs. While Republicans contemplate their next step, recess appointee Richard Cordray is running a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the National Labor Relations Board, with three temporary members, is now at full strength with a Democratic majority. Obama left more than70 other nominees in...
  • Obama admin taken to court for recess appointments

    01/13/2012 7:44:45 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-13-12 | Neil Munro
    A right-to-work organization is taking the White House to court over the president’s controversial decision to install three new members on the National Board Relations board without Senate approval. The legal challenge came after the three new members approved a legal response in an existing lawsuit. The plaintiffs asked the judge on Friday to rule that their participation is invalid because President Barack Obama did not have the authority to appoint them. “We asked [the judge] to consider the question of whether they are constitutionally seated,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation. Without legitimate appointments,...
  • GOP: Could Obama make a recess appointment overnight or on weekend? (strongly worded letter to DOJ)

    01/09/2012 6:05:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/06/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    GOP: Could Obama make a recess appointment overnight or on weekend?By Pete Kasperowicz - 01/06/12 03:01 PM ET Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking the Obama administration whether recess appointments overnight and on the weekend are possible after the president's decision this week to appoint four federal officials despite pro forma sessions by Congress. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Grassley and seven other Republican senators on Friday pressed the Obama administration for more details about its decision to make the controversial recess appointments. Grassley's letter said the White House broke with 90 years of precedent on Wednesday...
  • The Obama recess

    01/07/2012 4:38:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 1/7/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    My Sunday column addressed the Obama “recess appointments.” I use quotes for the term, because the Senate was not in recess, according to its own rules. The New York Times editorialized in favor of the president’s move, while it denounced the GOP’s “use any and all tactics to thwart the bureau and the Dodd-Frank reform law that created it.” Be it noted, these GOP tactics were instituted under Democrat Harry’s Reid’s leadership in an announced effort to thwart any recess appointments under George W. Bush.Here is a 2008 editorial in which The New York Times endorsed those very same tactics,...
  • Mark, Rush, Sean Okay, Then What now? - Vanity

    01/05/2012 12:46:15 PM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    I heard Mark Levin last night. I heard Rush Limbaugh today. I am hearing Sean Hannity. They were discussing Obama non-recess appointments. Who else have "you" listened to today? I have been waiting for what is supposed to be done about this situation and is possible I missed something? They have pointed out how wrong it was, unconstitutional etc but okay , what now? That is besides fuming , and getting angry and holding our breathe until November.
  • What is a recess? Constitution doesn't specify (cover for the Kenyan)

    01/05/2012 9:22:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    WMCTV ^ | 1/05/11 | ALAN FRAM
    What is a recess? Constitution doesn't specifyBy ALAN FRAM Associated Press Updated: Jan 05, 2012 10:32 AM EST (AP) - The Constitution lets presidents make temporary appointments while the Senate is in recess but does not specify what a recess is or how long one must last before that power can be exercised. That ambiguity, courtesy of the founding fathers, is helping fuel a battle between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over whether he had legally installed Richard Cordray on Wednesday to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with three others he named to the National Labor...
  • The CFPB Wants You to Blow the Whistle on Lawbreakers

    01/05/2012 3:34:20 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ^ | December 15th, 2011 | Kent Markus
    Do you have information about a company that you think has violated federal consumer financial laws? Are you a current or former employee of such a company, an industry insider who knows about such a company, or even a competitor being unfairly undercut by such a company? If so, the CFPB wants to hear from you. Tipsters and whistleblowers are encouraged to send information about what they know to whistleblower@cfpb.gov. Current employees providing information about their own employers – known as “whistleblowers” – may be protected from being fired or from other employer retaliation for providing us information. To learn...
  • 31 Killed in Brutal Mexican Prison Fight

    01/05/2012 2:26:41 AM PST · by Doogle · 8 replies
    AP via FOX ^ | 01/04/12 | Associated Press
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – A vicious fight among inmates armed with makeshift knives, clubs and even stones left 31 people dead in a prison in a drug cartel-plagued state in northern Mexico, authorities said. Another 13 prisoners were wounded in the brawl in the penitentiary in the Gulf Coast city of Altamira, Tamaulipas state's Public Safety Department said in a statement. The fight started when a group of inmates burst into a section of the prison they were banned from and attacked the prisoners housed there, the department said. Local media said the fight was between members of the rival...
  • Republican lawmaker (Spencer Bachus): Obama recess appointment is attack on Constitution

    01/04/2012 10:18:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/04/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Republican lawmaker: Obama recess appointment is attack on ConstitutionBy Pete Kasperowicz - 01/04/12 12:39 PM ET House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) on Wednesday predicted that the Obama administration's decision to recess-appoint Richard Cordray as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) would lead to numerous legal challenges against the agency that will render it unable to function for the foreseeable future. "President Obama has delegitimized the CFPB and has opened the agency up to legitimate legal challenges that will cripple it for years," Bachus said. "The greatest threat to our economy right now is uncertainty,...
  • Court fight over recess appointments 'almost certain,' Chamber says

    01/04/2012 8:27:51 PM PST · by bigbob · 17 replies
    The Hill dot com ^ | 1-4-2012 | Peter Schroeder
    The recess appointments President Obama announced Wednesday are “almost certain” to be challenged in court, according to a top official with the nation’s largest business lobby. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has not decided whether it will file a legal challenge to the appointments, according to David Hirschmann, who heads the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. But he said he’s confident that Obama’s precedent-shattering move will land the administration in court. "We've made no decisions ourselves," Hirschmann told The Hill. "What we do know is ... it's almost certain ultimately a court will decide if what the president did...
  • Pro forma sessions block Bush (5/24/2008. More proof Democrats are nothing but liars)

    01/04/2012 2:30:51 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/24/2008 | ap
    The Senate is famed for its long-winded debates, but on Friday it took Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown just seconds to stop Republicans in their tracks. With the Senate entering the first day of its Memorial Day recess, the Ohio senator was briefly in the chair, before a near-empty chamber, to gavel in and gavel out what is called a pro forma session. Without that procedural move, the Senate would technically be adjourned and President Bush could install administration officials or judges as "recess appointments" — without Senate confirmation. "That's the fastest I've ever done it," said Brown, who like other...
  • Breaking: Obama also set to make recess appointments to the NLRB

    01/04/2012 12:38:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 132 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 1/4/12 | Greg Sargent
    It isn’t just Richard Cordray. Obama is also set to use recess appointments to install his picks to the National Labor Relations Board, according to White House officials and others familiar with ongoing discussions. The move, which is arguably as impotant as the Cordray appointment, will ratchet up opposition from Republicans and make this an even bigger fight, since they have been attacking the NLRB regularly for its moves to streamline union elections and inform workers of their rights. Obama is set to appoint Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Griffin to the board — something unions have made a...
  • White House Concludes It Can Appoint Cordray (Criminal POTUS)

    01/03/2012 7:55:54 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3 | Laura Meckler
    Senate Republicans have tried to prevent the White House from acting by keeping the Senate technically in “pro forma” session until senators return to Washington later this month. One way around the GOP maneuvering would have been for the White House to appoint Mr. Cordray during the short window in between congressional sessions. That window was open Tuesday morning, and some expected Mr. Obama to act then. But he didn’t, and administration officials maintained that they still have all options on the table. That’s because the White House has concluded that it can make the appointment even if the Senate...
  • Senate GOP to Obama: You better not make recess appointments to the NLRB

    12/20/2011 1:15:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/20/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The men and women of Congress haven’t yet adjourned for Christmas and Barack Obama hasn’t yet boarded Air Force One to begin his $4 million trip to Hawaii, but Republicans in the Senate have already begun to think of what might happen while they’re in recess. Namely, they’ve realized the president might appoint a couple of partisans to the National Labor Relations Board when they’re not around to advise and consent. So, all 47 Republican senators signed and sent a letter to the president admonishing him not to do that. They write: Appointments to the NLRB have traditionally been made...
  • Congress Won't Recess To Block Obama Appointments

    12/10/2011 1:30:55 PM PST · by bkopto · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | Dec 9, 2011 | DAVID WELNA
    Senate Republicans blocked confirmation votes on two of President Obama's most high-profile nominees this week — one for a seat on a federal appeals court, the other to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Traditionally, the end-of-the-year holidays have allowed presidents to bypass Congress and give such thwarted nominees recess appointments. But an angry President Obama is quickly leaning that this might not be the case this year. Obama insisted, "I will not take any options off the table when it comes to getting Richard Cordray in as director of the consumer finance protection board." The only way the...
  • Senate Dems discuss canceling July 4 recess (still no Reid budget)

    06/30/2011 12:41:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/29/11 | Erik Wasson
    Senate Dems discuss canceling July 4 recessBy Erik Wasson - 06/29/11 03:27 PM ET Senate Democrats will discuss canceling the July 4 recess after President Obama chided Congress publicly on Wednesday for taking breaks while debt-ceiling talks are stalled. A Democratic aide confirmed Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the caucus will discuss being in town next week. During his press conference, Obama said "if by the end of this week, we have not seen substantial progress, then I think members of Congress need to understand, we are going to, you know, start having to cancel things...
  • Freshman Congressman Leads Charge Against Obama Recess Appointments

    06/18/2011 1:43:11 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies
    FoxNewsBlogs ^ | June 18, 2011 | Lacey Halpern
    Freshman Congressman Jeff Landry, R-La., says that President Obama is misusing recess appointments, and he's going to do something about it. "When the president puts up nominees, they go through the confirmation process, and the senate blocks them or doesn't confirm them, and then he waits for a recess appointment just to appoint those people. He is circumventing the Constitution," said Landry on Fox News Saturday.
  • Restraining Obama Congress works to limit the President’s options.

    05/27/2011 10:28:23 AM PDT · by zimfam007 · 3 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 5/27/2011 | John Hayward
    Congress has been running around and installing child-safety locks on various aspects of the Presidency over the past few days. First, House Republicans announced they would not be sending an adjournment resolution to the Senate for the Memorial Day break. “We will remain in pro forma session,” explained Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who urged the House to take this remarkable step. “No controversial nominees will be allowed to circumvent the confirmation process during the break.” No recess means no recess appointments. Neat. ((READ ON))
  • How Paul Ryan Won the Recess (Even if the Liberal press wants you to believe otherwise)

    05/01/2011 9:26:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/01/2011 | John McCormack
    Racine, Wisc. Did you hear the news? Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, the architect of the House Republicans' budget, was booed! By his own constituents! The video of said town hall booing was clipped by the liberal blog ThinkProgress, zipped around the Internet, and then moved up the conveyor belt to CNN, MSNBC, NPR, NBC's Nightly News, Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and other media outlets. And so the "budget backlash" narrative began. "Chairman Ryan, the people, including your constituents, are talking,” House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said in response to the video. “Are you listening?" (Yes, this is the same...
  • So much for bipartisanship -- a slew of recess appointments

    12/31/2010 10:34:31 AM PST · by Qbert · 1 replies
    WaPo- Right Turn ^ | 12/30/2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    On Wednesday, Obama shed any pretense of bipartisanship in making six recess appointments. As were his previous recess appointments, this batch included two individuals whose records are so controversial that they could not obtain confirmation even with 59 Democratic senators. Also included was Stephen Ford, nominated as ambassador to Syria and stymied as a forceful rebuttal to Obama's failed Syrian engagement policy... The most egregious appointment is undoubtedly James Cole, installed as the deputy attorney general. There were good reasons why he could not secure Senate confirmation. The Web site Main Justice explained that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.), the ranking...
  • She Told Us So

    12/30/2010 6:20:29 PM PST · by Walt Griffith · 15 replies · 532+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Dec. 30, 2010 | By Cal Thomas
    Sarah Palin deserves an apology. When she said that the new health-care law would lead to "death panels" deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed. Now we learn, courtesy of one of the ridiculers -- The New York Times -- that she was right. Under a new policy not included in the law for fear the administration's real end-of-life game would be exposed, a rule issued by the recess-appointed Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Congress May Leave A Week Early

    09/10/2010 11:29:36 AM PDT · by jdietz · 21 replies
    Rollcall.com ^ | 9/10/10 | Steven T. Dennis and Jessica Brady
    A headline I just saw on Rollcall.com. My thought is that it's good they are leaving Washington. That is less time for them to harm the country.
  • Little Barry Bypasses the Senate

    08/20/2010 8:04:14 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 20, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Constitution requires the “advice and consent of the Senate” on certain presidential appointments. Not all, mind you, just some, such as ambassadors and public ministers whom the Congress has not actively exempted from the requirement. This is fortunate for the busy Senate, since our overgrown executive branch now employs about two million civilians across some 1300 federal agencies. The Constitution allows most of these aptly-named “inferior officers” to be appointed without Congressional vetting. Since Congress has the Constitutional right to decide which roles require Senate approval, a really active role in executive personnel management could utterly paralyze that body...
  • Pelosi Statement on Republican Opposition to Jobs Bill

    08/09/2010 11:38:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 08/09/2010 Pelosi Statement on Republican Opposition to Jobs Bill Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in advance of tomorrow’s vote to create or save 310,000 American jobs – preserving the jobs of teachers, nurses, firefighters, and police officers, and boosting the private sector – and in response to Republican plans reiterated on the Sunday talk shows yesterday to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans and protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas: “Taking a page out of the failed Bush playbook,...
  • Largest Tele-Townhall: Mobilize Against Dem to Pass Government Worker Bailout

    08/09/2010 11:22:38 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 3 replies
    big government .com ^ | 8-6-10 | Rep. Michele Bachmann
    Speaker Pelosi and President Obama have already spent $3.6 trillion on “stimulus,” so for them, $26 billion doesn’t rise to the level of a day at the beach, so why bring us all back to DC? Could it be because their most loyal constituency and political foot soldiers, many of whom could be facing the never before seen horror of a government employee let go due to lack of state and local tax receipts, need to be reminded whose hand quite literally feeds them?
  • Recess '10: Democrats Work to Ensure a Friendlier Reception This Year

    08/03/2010 9:40:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 5+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 8/3/10 | Alex Altman
    * * * 2diggsdigg Last year's August recess was hardly a placid respite for Congressional Democrats. With the debate over health care reform nearing a boiling point, town-hall forums across the U.S. turned into scalding showdowns, with seething voters cramming into standing-room-only crowds to volley accusations at their representatives. As House members depart for the six-week summer recess beginning Monday, Republican leaders are hinting that Democrats may opt to dodge constituents rather than endure another round of overheated public events. "Soon, 'Recovery Summer' may well be known as the Democrats' 'Run for Cover Summer,'" National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete...
  • GOP House Members to Preview Fall Election Program in August Recess

    08/02/2010 3:42:43 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-02-10 | Mike's America
    Look for a Town Hall meeting in your area!Last year's August recess didn't go well for Democrats. They went home to try and sell Obama Care to their constituents and instead got an earful in meeting after meeting. I doubt we will see the same intensity on display this year as I doubt many Democrats will be holding large public meetings with their constituents. Republicans don't have to hide.In House GOP Leader John Boehner's interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Wallace brought up the outline of House GOP plans for this summer's recess. The booklet "Tread Boldly --...
  • Obama can recess appoint Berwick, but a GOP-led Congress doesn't have to fund his position

    07/15/2010 4:35:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/15/10 | Mark Tapscott
    If you aren't a Wall Street Journal subscriber, you should be so you can read Daniel Henniger's column on today's edition. Trust me, this column alone is worth the price of a subscription because it highlights two things - just how truly radical is President Obama's recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick and what the GOP must do in response if voters return them to the House majority in November. First, Berwick truly is the disciple of centralized planning. Read these quotes from the guy, which Henninger included in his column today, and the conclusion is inescapable - Berwick loves...
  • Obama's recess appointment reignites debate over healthcare

    07/07/2010 4:32:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    the hill ^ | 7/7/10 | Mike Lillis
    President Barack Obama's recess appointment of Donald Berwick to lead Medicare was intended to avoid another high-profile congressional fight over healthcare reform. Instead, it’s renewed — at least temporarily — the well-worn partisan debate over the government's role in medicine. The White House, with the help of congressional Democrats, had of late begun playing up the tangible benefits of the new law in hopes of picking up votes in November's midterms. But Berwick's appointment to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] — without any formal discussion on Capitol Hill — offers Republicans an opportunity to rehash the...
  • Dem Senator Criticizes Obama Appointment

    07/07/2010 11:08:36 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 11 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/07/10 | CaroleL
    Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), one of President Barack Obama's point men in the health care reform debate, is the first Democrat to publicly criticize the president for his recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to oversee Medicare and Medicaid. Calling Senate confirmation of presidential appointees "an essential process prescribed by the Constitution," the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said he was "troubled" that Mr. Obama chose to bypass the legislative branch of government.