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Obama Asks Congress for Authority to Consolidate Federal Agencies

On January 13, President Obama called on Congress to grant him authority to merge multiple federal agencies, subject to an up or down vote of Congress. The president said that if given this power, his first use of it would … Continue reading

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Justice Department Says Obama Recess Appointments Are Constitutional

In an opinion dated January 6, the Department of Justice said that recent appointments made by President Obama while the Senate was in pro-forma session were constitutional. The Constitution permits presidents to make appointments when it is in legislative recess. … Continue reading

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Military Strategy Revised In Light of Reduced Spending

President Obama joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon on January 5 to announce a revised national security strategy, responding in part to budget cuts imposed on the Pentagon last year. The overall defense budget is now $662 billion, … Continue reading

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