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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Sahil Kapur, TPM: The Supreme Court may have laid the groundwork for a constitutional crisis if Republicans win control of the Senate in the November elections, creating the possibility of a stalemate between the executive and legislative branches when it comes to keeping the government operational. The landmark ruling in Noel Canning v. NLRB last week eliminated the president's only fallback option to appoint leaders to government agencies when the Senate won't act. The justices unanimously said the Constitution forbids the president from making recess appointments unless the Senate is officially on recess.


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That isn't an outlandish possibility. In fact it may be the logical next step for Republicans in their efforts to undermine President Barack Obama. As minority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pioneered never-before-used tactics to thwart Obama's nominees, including routine filibusters and a wholesale blockade of nominees to agencies that conservatives dislike. ...

As New York magazine columnist Jonathan Chait put it, "The modern pattern in American politics is that tactics that are legally available, but never used for reasons of custom, eventually become used. The modern pattern is also that the Republican Party, which is the most ideologically cohesive and disciplined party, leads the way. McConnell did not create this pattern, but he is an important innovator."


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#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-05 07:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

i don't know if the door has been opened to a constitutional crisis, or if we, the USA, are already embroiled in several full-blown crises: constitutional, financial; and our law enforcement having become increasingly militaristic, and brutal against harmless, restrained detainees; etc.

#2 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-05 07:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

In other words, this president just had his power checked. And I see it as a good thing.

It has worked as intended. The majority cannot just run over the minority. Which in this case, it's Democrats(majority) vs Republicans(minority). It insures you guys don't just do lip service, like saying "Your opinions are being listened to" and then you just continue on with your "progress". This STOPS you.

I'm glad we have our system of government. It forced YOU to work and listen to US.

God bless America.

#3 | Posted by boaz at 2014-07-05 07:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

A 'new' constitutional crisis RCADE?
Do tell....

#4 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-07-05 07:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

it's NOT the president's duty to do anything when the 'senate wont act'..

what a bizarre and completely bogus statement.

if that were true "W" would have just signed social security reform into law but when he swore to protect and defend the constitution he was LYING !!!

#5 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-05 09:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

drat...sorry ..got excited...

you know how you're excited and you think you're going one way with a sentence and end up going another..

should, of course read, was NOT lying.....but I know that leftists here never make mistakes so just take my word for it.

#6 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-05 09:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

and this is SO FUNNY and sad.....

the SC kicks obama around and SUDDENLY we have a constitutional crisis on our hands....this thread just CAN"T BE REAL

#7 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-05 09:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

so you want a thread about a constitutional crisis? here's one from the chief EGGhead at a so called institution of higher learning????

(Daily Signal) – University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides is refusing to comply with a state law that requires all public universities to teach students about America's founding documents, including the Constitution, calling it "archaic." In a bit of irony that is apparently lost on Pastides, USC claims the state law is itself unconstitutional.

Section 59-29-120 of the South Carolina Code requires students be taught the "essentials of the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers," and goes on to provide that "no student in any such school, college, or university may receive a certificate of graduation without previously passing a satisfactory examination upon the provisions and principles" of those documents. A number of South Carolina universities do not require students to take such courses or pass such an exam -- most notably the state's flagship institution: the University of South Carolina.

#8 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-05 09:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tis funny the same folks that are castigating Obama for his recess appointments were either silent or supported it vehemently when Dubya did the EXACT SAME THING with his John Bolton recess appointment. Funny dat be.

#9 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-05 09:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Constitutional crisis? Get real. The Constitutional crisis existed before the SC ruled. That crisis was the divergent interpretations of the recess appointments clause by the legislature and the executive that had gone on since the founding. The Court resolved that crisis by its definitive ruling. Any problems thereafter are political not constitutional.

One more example that one should never rely on journalists to accurately report on legal matters. Never.

#10 | Posted by et_al at 2014-07-05 10:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Supreme Court has five partisan hacks on it. They are hell bent imposing a Conservative agenda of "ME, ME, ME" with Corporations superior to human beings. Greed is the new king.

#11 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-06 09:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

Oh the the clowns two weeks they will be claiming that Obama put them up to it so everyone would stop talking about Benghazi.

#12 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-07-06 02:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

is funny the same folks that are castigating Obama for his recess appointments were either silent or supported it vehemently when Dubya did the EXACT SAME THING with his John Bolton recess appointment. Funny dat be.

#9 | Posted by LarryMohr at 20

larry old buddy...that is simply not true....the senate was officially not in session when bolton was appointed to the UN and not only that but at the TIME obama attacked the appointment.

#13 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-06 02:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

ah yes nutcase.....five partisan hacks....and the four left??? they're completely neutral bipartisan and have a record of voting that proves that ??

that's funny........so I guess the 9 to 0 rulings...what are those ??

#14 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-06 02:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

One more example that one should never rely on journalists to accurately report on legal matters. Never.

#10 | Posted by et_al at 2014-0

there was some possible political chicanery going on...guess where the gop learned it from ??

#15 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-06 02:45 PM | Reply | Flag:


What matters is whether Government serves the needs of humanity (ie the general welfare) instead of the needs of a few people that are already rich. The Conservative Justices are doing their part to entrench the Oligarchy that has taken over the country. But such a concept is probably over your head.

#16 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-06 06:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

nutball....hardly....try your old white fat rich man bogey man some with some one else.

the number one duty is to protect our borders and if you think this is protecting our borders, then you're nuts and no case.. aha aha ha ha ha

and one of the major reasons we're not all still british is freedom of religion...making sure that the govt can't tell you what you believe in or dont...yada yada yada yad....

it also comes back to a cartoon I saw that's posted below..

what happened to all the hippies from the 60's who were so anti government ? oh they're in suits and they ARE the government doing JUST what they used to protest ...

#17 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-07 02:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

go from questioning authority to crucifying anyone who questions authority


#18 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-07-07 02:23 AM | Reply | Flag:


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