• January 13, 2014   BY  

    Under a provision of the Constitution known as the recess appointments clause, the president may make temporary appointments to positions that otherwise require confirmation by the Senate, but only when the Senate is in recess. Now, President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans are squaring off at the Supreme Court over the president’s power to temporarily fill high-level positions. Continue reading

  • December 12, 2013  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the Senate held an all-night session, which continued through the next day, over the president’s judicial nominees. Republicans slowed the proceedings in retaliation for new restrictions on their filibuster power. Also, the U.S. cracked down on companies and individuals for evading Iran sanctions. Continue reading