How The Supreme Court Could Blow Up President Obama’s Last Two Years In Office

  • metta

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    Jan 10, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    How The Supreme Court Could Blow Up President Obama’s Last Two Years In Office

    "November, 2014 is likely to be a bad election year for Democrats. That’s because they are stuck defending the big Senate victories Democrats made in the 2008 wave election, as well as several seats in states that have trended red in recent years. Any year when Senate Democrats need to defend seats in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia is likely to be a difficult time for Team Blue, regardless of how they perform at the polls.

    In the fairly likely event that Republicans regain control of the Senate next year, they will suddenly enjoy a power they haven’t held since Senate Democrats invoked the so-called nuclear opinion last November — the power to block every single one of President Obama’s nominees to any Senate-confirmed job. That is, at least, if the Supreme Court gives them this power. On Monday, the justices will hear a case that could effectively shut down the president’s power to make recess appointments, potentially cutting off the primary avenue a president has to push back against a Senate that refuses to confirm anyone to key government jobs."




    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/01/10/3146651/supreme-court-blow-president-obamas-years-office/
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    Jan 10, 2014 8:06 PM GMT
    What the Supreme Court may rule on is the ability of the Executive Branch to unilaterally determine when the Legislative Branch is in session.

    A surprisingly relatively unbiased piece from NYT.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/us/politics/role-reversals-emerge-in-fight-against-recess-appointments.html?hpw&rref=politics&_r=0