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  • Supreme Court tells Obama recess is over

    Executive power lost the battle but won its war with the Senate over recess appointments in an important case decided Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court held that the president may make recess appointments during both breaks within sessions and breaks between sessions, for offices that come open either before or during these recesses. This part was the win for executive power. It also said that breaks within sessions of between three and 10 days are presumptively not recesses and therefore canceled the National Labor Relations Board appointments that President Barack Obama had made and that were challenged in this case. This was the battle at hand, and the administration lost it.
  • Supreme Court tells Obama that recess is over

    Executive power lost the battle but won its war with the Senate over recess appointments in an important case decided Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court held that the president may make recess appointments during both breaks within sessions...

    Justice Alito's vote will be key in 3 cases challenging Obama's power

    Justice Alito's vote will be key in 3 cases challenging Obama's power
    A week after President Obama's 2012 reelection, the conservative Federalist Society gathered 1,500 lawyers in black tie to hear one of their own, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., vow to hold the line against an ever-expanding federal government that "towers...

    Maryland judge who ruled against gay marriage ban retires

    Maryland judge who ruled against gay marriage ban retires
    In the years since Baltimore Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock's famously controversial ruling helped energize the movement to overturn Maryland's ban against same-sex marriage, three gay men have invited her to officiate at their weddings. One was a lawyer...

    Church 5, State 4

    The First Amendment won one this week before the Supreme Court of the United States -- by one vote. The close vote in the case brought to mind the old story about the corporate board of directors that approved a resolution wishing its CEO a speedy and...