Will Congress stop King Barack the First?

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January 10, 2012
Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  
Posted in Commentary

"Article II, section 2 of the Constitution provides an exception to the general rule of Senate confirmation, giving the president the power 'to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate,' by granting temporary commissions. Obama isn't the first president to invoke that exception where it doesn't apply, ramming through nominees that the Senate refuses to confirm. But he is the first to do it when the Senate is actually in session." (01/09/12)


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