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Supreme Court May Move To Rein In President Obama's Trampling Of The Constitution

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It would appear that there is even a limit for the Supreme Court as to what they will allow President Obama to get away with:


As Bloomberg reports, justices across the ideological spectrum questioned whether President Barack Obama complied with the Constitution when he appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board during a Senate break.


Via Bloomberg,

U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they may curb the president’s power to make temporary appointments without Senate approval, as the court took up a constitutional standoff between the White House and congressional Republicans.


Hearing arguments today in Washington, justices across the ideological spectrum questioned whether President Barack Obama complied with the Constitution when he appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board during a Senate break.




A company facing NLRB sanctions, backed by Senate Republicans, says the chamber wasn’t in a recess when Obama made the appointments. Several justices today suggested they accepted that characterization.




“It really is the Senate’s job” to determine whether the chamber is in recess, said Justice Elena Kagan, one of Obama’s two appointees to the high court.




The case also may affect 1,000 decisions and orders issued by the NLRB since January 2012, when Obama made the appointments.

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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:10 | 4327723 666
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One can only hope...

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:16 | 4327749 a growing concern
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Cue additional blackmail of Supreme Court justices in 3, 2, 1...

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:22 | 4327769 MeMadMax
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This is just SCOTUS looking for more kickbacks after running out of money for blow and hookers earned during the obamacare circus...


Move along, nothing to see here...


Congressional and SCOTUS term limits.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:44 | 4327844 Boris Alatovkrap
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Q: US Constitution and Trampoline, which is difference for President Obama?

A: Obama is first remove shoe before jump on Trampoline.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:05 | 4327918 redpill
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Recess appointments, lol.  Calling out Obama for this is like giving a mass murderer a parking ticket.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:24 | 4327980 masterinchancery
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Beggars can't be choosers...

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:26 | 4327988 boogerbently
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BO only does what THEY let him.

THEY are the ones "trampling the Constitution".

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:29 | 4328005 jbvtme
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the constitution, eh?  i'm long toilet paper.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:31 | 4328011 FL_Conservative
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Is someone also going to "rein in" SCOTUS?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:54 | 4328096 Manthong
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"If I lost Kennedy, I have lost the country."

..although I now have a greatly lowered respect of even the "right " side of that crew.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:56 | 4328102 MagicHandPuppet
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Oh my GOSH!  President Obama was a Constitution Professor!  He knows the rules and would never step outside of him.  And, he knows the CONSTUTION!  He probably even taught some of the existing Supreme Court Justices for all we know.  You right wingers are just full of hate and racism to even suggest Mister President doesn't know the Constitution.


But, sort of real life based on conversations I've overheard at a local watering hole.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:30 | 4328193 Chupacabra-322
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We are "Governed" into a Political, Educational, Religious & Economic UNITED STATES, CORP based on contract law which is based on Criminal Fraud, deceit & illusion.

The Private Corp UNITED STATES, CORP uses the cover of being a functional Government when in reality they are not. Much like the Criminal Federal Reserve uses The "Federal" in their name & use it as cover to give the illusion that they are a branch of the US Government when they are not.

Through bankruptcies, Criminal Contract Fraud & deceit the Charlatans have incrementally incorporated the US as well as your souls (birth cert) which are securitized via the Criminal Federal Reserve through to the IMF.

They're functioning off corporate version of the THE CONSTITUTION. It's the reason why The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate continues to lie, cheat, deceit, rape & pillage with impunity.

The only power the have over you is with CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary). Pay no Taxes. Peaceful Non-Participation, Non-Compliance & being an accessory into their Criminal system/s based on Criminal Fraud, Debt Bondage & Enslavement.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:27 | 4328206 Buckaroo Banzai
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FYI, Obama was never a "Professor". He was a "Lecturer". And according to many of his students, after the first two years he was pretty shitty at it.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:32 | 4328619 Boris Alatovkrap
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"Constitution Professor" is typographic error long time promulgate, actual, Barry is "Constipation Sufferer", meaning is full of, how you say, fecal matter.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:25 | 4327985 TheMeatTrapper
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Undeclared wars - OK

Warrantless spying on everybody all the time - OK

Buying controlling positions in car companies and deciding which white dealerships are closed and which black dealerships stay open - OK

Running guns to Mexican drug dealers - OK

Refusing to enforce US borders - OK

Appointing functionaries while Congress is taking taxpayer funded vacations - Oh Hell No!!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:33 | 4328018 The Heart
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Spending trillions of dollars on the defense of America, but nothing is done to defend the American People from the killer ELE in fukushima - OK.

Go figure.




Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:26 | 4327986 wee-weed up
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Obama doesn't trample the Constitution...

He wipes his ass with it.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:35 | 4328026 Boris Alatovkrap
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Q: US Constitution and Bathroom Tissue, how is Obama treat which is difference?

A: Obama is first fold bathroom tissue.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:28 | 4328208 cynicalskeptic
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He's just following precedent.

Keep in mind that Bush absolutely shredded it.   The Executive Branch just keeps accumulating power (to better serve our behind the scenes overlords) - they NEVER give any up even if it's illegal and unconstitutional.  Doesn't matter which party is in power or in the WH.  The Dems pretend to care about the common man so the masses don't go rioting over the crap the Repubs pulled while overtly pandering to Billionaires but ultimately both serve the powerful and wealthy.  The differences are all for sho on matters of little import - things sthat keep the masses distracted and divided instead of reaching for pitchforks and torches,

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:49 | 4328293 Ghordius
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+1 re precedent

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:27 | 4327994 Unprepared
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.. or wrestslapping JPM with a settlement without admitting to wrongdoing

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:19 | 4328171 johnnymustardseed
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As of October 31, 2008, President Bush had made 171 recess appointments. Of President Bush’s 171 recess appointments, 99 were to full-time positions, and the remaining 72 were to part-time positions. Thirty were made during recesses between Congresses or between sessions of Congress (intersession recess appointments). The remaining 141 were made during recesses within sessions of Congress (intrasession recess appointments). 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:46 | 4327852 Ying-Yang
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The NSA will be sending notices to SCOTUS... "Please reconsider your review in light of the profiles we have created for each of you."

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:33 | 4327808 kralizec
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I am not going to hold my breath thinking these black-robed flashers know the Constitution and Founding Princples from squat!

We hold liberty in our own hands...think and act accordingly.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 17:15 | 4328386 midtowng
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So the SCOTUS worries about the Constitution when it has negative consequences for Republican politicians, but the SCOTUS doesn't give a shit when Obama stomps all over the 4th and 5th Amendment.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 22:46 | 4329381 drendebe10
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Fat frackin chance and be sure to hold ur breath. Corrupt politicians and corrupt hustices living the imperial lifestyle ehile the serfs and peasants grovel. Same old story since serfs and peasants let the ruling elite walk all over them snd steal their money. No didifferent now thsn the middle ages.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:13 | 4327725 hedgeless_horseman
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...he appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board during a Senate break.

The Senators are fine with this, as they don't want their fingerprints on the loot.

One of the most notorious Mafia schemes was the infiltration of labor unions. For several decades, it is believed that every major construction project in New York City was controlled by the Mafia. Mobsters paid off or threatened union leaders to get a piece of the action whenever a union group got a construction job, and they sometimes made their way into the ranks of leadership themselves. And once the Mafia had its grip firmly on a union, it could control an entire industry. Mafioso could get workers to slow or halt construction if contractors or developers didn't make the right payoffs, and they had access to huge union pension funds. At one point, the Mafia could have brought nearly all construction and shipping in the United States to a halt. But the last 20 years have seen the federal government crack down on Mafia-union connections to a great extent.


The current structure of the Mafia took centuries to develop. To learn about the history of the mafia and to see how law enforcement has dealt with organized crime over the years, read on.




Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:28 | 4327790 robilla
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What does it matter?

Reid enacted the "Nuclear" option. The Republicans cant filibuster appointments anymore.

They will all be appointed/approved now

Who cares what SCOTUS says of the matter.

How about they look at Obamacare again, or perhaps the NSA?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:19 | 4327965 NoDebt
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I think that's the really scary part.  Up arrow.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:30 | 4328007 Chump
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Agreed, but there is another aspect: the 1000s of regs and decisions handed down by possibly illegitimate appointees.  Then again, logically, who cares?  New guy (or same guy) gets appointed thanks to the new Congressional rules, immediately rubber stamps the regs in question.  Piece o' cake.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:21 | 4328176 pods
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From what I have seen on the 17th amendment, it seems that most laws from this past century are illegitimate. 


More wiseguy infighting.  That is all this is.  One family (Exec) tramples on another's turf (Senate) and they get all bent outta shape.

Like the Hildebeast said, what difference does it make?  

Burn the whole fucking thing down and start from scratch.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:33 | 4328219 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Reid enacted the 'Nuclear' option. The Republicans cant filibuster appointments anymore.

They will all be appointed/approved now

Who cares what SCOTUS says of the matter."

Nailed it. This is a cute little sideshow designed to make SCOTUS appear like it is "fighting back" against the Obama administration. Hegelian dialectic doesn't work unless there's an antithesis!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:33 | 4328019 Ranger_Will
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Chicago: It's a helluva town.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:11 | 4327726 Richard Chesler
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Obozo had bankster approval. 


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:30 | 4327799 max2205
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What a bunch of greezers

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:46 | 4327850 Boris Alatovkrap
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greezer? Is senior age grifter?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:49 | 4327858 kralizec
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It's nice to see old folks having a meaningful life.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:34 | 4327813 max2205
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What a bunch of greezers

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:11 | 4327730 B2u
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Obama  needs a big  SLAP DOWN....

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:47 | 4327855 Boris Alatovkrap
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Or maybe perhaps, problem is nightly slap down from Michelle? Obama angst is not check under skirt before is marry Amazon "woman".

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 17:43 | 4328477 Hi Ho Silver
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Having both parts doesn't make her not a woman. Even if her's is bigger than Barry's.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:12 | 4327735 digitlman
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if you like your recess appointments, you can keep your recess appointments



...or not.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:14 | 4327739 giorgioorwell
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The Supreme Court like all other government institutions in the US has become a joke.

Where on earth are the "conservative", "small government" members of the Supreme Court when it comes to the unbelievable overreach of the NSA??????  



Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:27 | 4327991 NoDebt
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Dude, they know better than you.  Better than me.  Better than all of us.  The way they see it, there's nothing wrong with ignoring the constitution so long as you really REALLY need to save all us stupid people from ourselves via the benevolant hand of the state.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:31 | 4328010 sixsigma cygnus...
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Or even the Federal Reserve for that matter, even though it's not a government agency.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:13 | 4327741 Dr. Engali
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It seems that upity "supreme" court needs a couple of brown envelopes mailed them with questionable photos to remind them just to just who is in charge....and it ain't Zero.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:17 | 4327755 Rafferty
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For sure it's not Zero.  He's just an autocue-reading dummy doing what he's told.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:24 | 4327776 Ignatius
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Anthrax did the trick when they wanted the Patriot Act rammed down our throats.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:31 | 4327801 GotNuttin'todo
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Precisely. And what is the Supreme Court going to offer in place of an out-of-control president? What other dog and pony show do they have ready to present? How about making the VP part of the decision making process? Anyone out there who doesn't believe Cheney ran the show and was out of control? Or how about making all of Congress vote on these things. Oh Goody, we can count on Feinstein, amongst others, to keep things straight and honest. We are beyond repair. Educate yourself and get off the grid if you hope to survive.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 14:14 | 4327742 Joebloinvestor
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Reid will swear on a stack of anything the Senate was in recess.

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