1. TOO FAR

    Court: Obama ‘Exceeded’ Authority

    Richard Cordray stands left as President Barack Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will re-nominate Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment, and nominate Mary Joe White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama re-nominated Cordray on Thursday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

    Chief Judge David B. Sentelle is no more mr. nice guy. A federal appeals-court panel ruled unanimously that President Obama violated the Constitution by making his Labor appointments during a congressional recess—which could invalidate hundreds of decisions. In the holiday recess last year, Obama named three people to the National Labor Relations Board after Republicans had held up the appointments for months.The decision could invalidate all the decisions made by the NLRB since then—and could raise questions about Obama’s nomination of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The White House said Friday that it strongly disagrees with the decision, calling it novel and unprecedented.

    Read it at The Washington Post