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Obama, Syria, and the decline of the imperial presidency

By Zachary Karabell (Reuters) - In 1973, Arthur Schlesinger wrote about the tendency in American history for the president to assume sweeping powers in times of war and crisis. The balance of power established by the Constitution gets upended; Congress and the courts take a back seat; and the executive makes decisions about life and death largely unchecked. He called this "the imperial presidency." Today, with President Obama turning to Congress to endorse a military strike on Syria, the imperial presidency is beginning to wane.

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.

White House staff hit by furloughs

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roughly six weeks after the sequestration budget cuts became official, White House employees are about to feel the impact first-hand. The entire White House staff will be hit by the cuts in the coming months, beginning with the first pay period in May.

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.
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