Will the High Court strike down recess appointments?

By Fred Wszolek, The Hill

This past week during the oral argument in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a solid majority on the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to agree that President Obama’s recess appointments to the Board in January 2012, while the Senate was in session, were inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.

Why Noel Canning Happened

By James Sherk, National Review Online

In Monday’s Noel Canning case, the Supreme Court considered whether the president can make recess appointments during Senate sessions. Few observers expect the Supreme Court to answer yes. Pundits have paid much less attention, however, to why he would want to stretch the constitutional limits on his authority: to unionize workers through regulation.

A defining moment for the court

By George Will, The Washington Post

Constitutional arguments that seem as dry as dust can have momentous consequences. On Monday, the Supreme Court’s nine fine minds will hear oral arguments about the meaning of “the” and “happen.” What they decide could advance the urgent project of reining in rampant executive power.

The President vs. the Senate

By David B. Rivkin and Lee A. Casey, The Wall Street Journal

Later this month the Supreme Court will hear a case that should resolve how much latitude presidents have to make recess appointments to federal offices that otherwise require Senate confirmation. The boundary of this power has never been decided by the high court.

McConnell to Argue on Recess Appointments

By Dan McCue, Courthouse News Services

The Supreme Court will allow Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to participate in the oral argument of a case challenging the president’s recess-appointment power.

Presidency gradually becoming monarchy


Slowly at first, then all of a sudden, the Obama administration has devolved into the Obama regime. Those pesky impediments on his predecessors — namely, the separation of powers, federal law and the Constitution — have proved as tough as tissue paper in containing President Barack Obama’s ambition to impose statism on America.