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January 25, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Appeals court nixes Obama's recess appointments
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    A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he made appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year. The president has the authority to make appointments without Senate consent when that body is not is session. However, the Senate was not officially out of session when these appointments were made. The decision, if upheld, casts doubt on the validity of hundreds of NLRB decisions, as well as other recess appointments made by the president. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/25) , The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Reader Polls 
  • This week's poll results: Obama 2.0
    This week we asked you to identify what you thought to be the top priority for President Obama's second term.  By a wide margin, respondents chose "improving the economy and creating jobs," with tax reform a distant second.  Some readers wrote in asking for an option to include more than one answer.  Others accused us of promoting an anti-gun agenda by including "reducing gun violence" among the choices.  One reader suggested "immigration reform" as a priority. Still others suggested "balancing the budget," "reducing the deficit," or "reducing the size of government," all of which are under discussion in the ongoing budget negotiations. Next week: Women in combat.
    Improving the economy and creating jobs  43.40%
    Tax reform  20.64%
    Social Security and Medicare reform  13.89%
    Infrastructure investment  5.39%
    None of the above/other  5.02%
    Global climate change  4.28%
    Reducing gun violence  2.67%
    Energy independence  2.42%
    Improving education  2.29%
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Data Points 
  • Romney's Chrysler ad still doesn't stand up to scrutiny
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    Mitt Romney's former strategy chief, Stuart Stevens, has been asking fact-checkers to take a second look at a much-criticized ad in which the Romney campaign asserted that Chrysler was shifting production to China. Stevens argues that subsequent developments have shown the ad to be correct, but The Washington Post's fact-checkers say that's not the case. "With all due respect to Stevens, the claim that Romney turned out to be right is simply not accurate," writes Glenn Kessler. The Washington Post/The Fact Checker blog (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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SmartQuote 
Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship."
--Patrick Henry, American attorney and politician
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