Presidential History

Presidency Gains Unilateral Appointment Power

Congress says, screw it. It was good enough for Augustus.

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In the middle of election season, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have come together to give President Barack Obama more power to appoint officials to jobs in his administration without seeking approval from the Senate.

Yes, you read that right.

In the middle of election season, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have come together to give President Barack Obama more power to appoint officials to jobs in his administration without seeking approval from the Senate.

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  1. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),

    That pretty well says it all right there.

  2. When will they get it over with and just pass an enabling act?

    1. They did. It’s called the Constitution. You just have to read between the lines. Heat it up first so you can see the lemon juice, and read with a mirror, sprinkle with your fondest desires, and there you are. Be sure to, ahem, refresh the lemon juice once it fades.

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