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Supreme Court casts skeptical eye on Obama's appointment power

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court signaled a willingness on Monday to rein in President Barack Obama's power to temporarily fill senior government posts without the Senate's approval, a move that would curb his ability to bypass a gridlocked Congress. Most of the nine justices expressed skepticism, during 90 minutes of oral arguments, about so-called recess appointments Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012.

Supreme Court to hear challenge on recess appointments

The US Supreme Court on Monday waded into a constitutional dispute between President Barack Obama and his Republican foes over administration appointments he made last year when the Senate was out of session. In a brief statement, the nine justices announced they would review a federal court ruling that found Obama violated the constitution when he made three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

Second appeals court finds Obama recess appointment is unconstitutional

WASHINGTON - A second federal appeals court has found that President Barack Obama exceeded his power when he bypassed the Senate to install a member to the National Labor Relations Board. The ruling by the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia came on the same day that a Senate panel considered a slate of five nominees for full terms on the labour board. Senate Republicans said Thursday they would oppose two of the nominees — Sharon Block and Richard Griffin — because they currently sit on the board as recess appointments.

Mexican judge finds ex-drug czar had no links to cartel

Mexico City, Apr 16 (EFE).- A judge has thrown out the charges against Noe Ramirez Mandujano, who was accused of being on the payroll of a cartel while serving as Mexico's drug czar in the Calderon administration, judicial officials said. Federal Judge Mauricio Fernandez de la Mora, who is based in the western state of Nayarit, dropped the organized crime charges against the former prosecutor. "In the ruling, the statements of cooperating witnesses on which the prosecution based its allegations were analyzed," the Federal Judicial Council said in a statement.

Obama lawyers to argue recess appointments again in March

* After blockbuster ruling, two more courts to weigh issue * Separate lawsuit addresses consumer chief Cordray By David Ingram and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - While President Barack Obama considers his next move in one high-stakes legal fight to fill vacant jobs, his lawyers expect to go to court at least twice more to argue for his power to appoint when the U.S. Senate is not meeting.

White House disagrees with court recess appointment decision

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it disagrees with a U.S. federal appeals court's "novel and unprecedented" decision to reject President Barack Obama's "recess appointments" to a labor board last year, but declined to say whether the administration would appeal.

UPDATE 3-US court rules Obama's appointments unconstitutional

* Ruling invalidates NLRB appointments * Also calls into question CFPB appointment * White House says ruling contradicts 150 years of practice By Aruna Viswanatha and Terry Baynes Jan 25 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama violated the U.S. Constitution when he used recess appointments to fill a labor board, in a sweeping decision that could limit presidential power to push through federal nominees.

U.S. appeals court says Obama recess appointments 'invalid'

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected President Barack Obama's "recess" appointments to a labor board last year, saying they were constitutionally invalid. The appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were made while the Senate was out of town but potentially available to act on them. "Considering the text, history, and structure of the Constitution, these appointments were invalid from their inception," the panel said.

RPT-Obama extends presidential power in bypassing Congress on gun control

* President issues 23 actions sidestepping Congress * Critics accuse him of exceeding presidential powers * Analysts say presidents often resort to such unilateral steps By Marcus Stern WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - During the past two years as his frustration with a "dysfunctional" Congress has grown, President Barack Obama has resorted to bypassing the legislative branch as he did on Wednesday to implement tighter gun control laws.

Obama extends presidential power in bypassing Congress on gun control

* President issues 23 actions sidestepping Congress * Critics accuse him of exceeding presidential powers * Analysts say presidents often resort to such unilateral steps By Marcus Stern WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - During the past two years as his frustration with a "dysfunctional" Congress has grown, President Barack Obama has resorted to bypassing the legislative branch as he did on Wednesday to implement tighter gun control laws.
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