US court rules Obama’s appointments unconstitutional

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that President Barack Obama violated the U.S. Constitution when he used recess appointments to fill a labor board, in a sweeping decision that could limit presidential power to push through federal nominees.

The court found that the Senate was not truly in recess, for the purpose of a recess appointment, when Obama in January 2012 installed three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.

The nominees were facing stiff Republican opposition, and the appointments caused an uproar at the time. Republicans argued that Obama undercut the Senate’s power to confirm nominees because although most of its members were out of town, the Senate had not formally adjourned.

Latest in World News

default placeholder

Health officials race to prevent Congo yellow fever disaster

DAKAR, (Reuters) – It is the stuff of a disaster movie: an outbreak of yellow fever in Congo’s capital city, full of unvaccinated people mostly huddled together in slums with too few drains and the kind of sticky, fetid climate that mosquitoes love.

Michael Gove

British minister denies treachery as he pitches to be next prime minister

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Justice Secretary Michael Gove pitched yesterday to be the prime minister to take Britain out of the EU, a day after he destroyed the chances of another frontrunner in what some colleagues called an act of treachery.

default placeholder

In first half of 2016, record number of migrants die trying to cross Mediterranean: IOM

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly 2,900 migrants have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, making the first six months of 2016 the deadliest on record, according to figures published yesterday by an international migration group.

default placeholder

Austrian far right gets second chance at presidency with vote re-run

VIENNA, (Reuters) – Austria’s presidential election runoff must be held again, the Constitutional Court ruled yesterday, handing the Freedom Party’s narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the European Union.

default placeholder

U.S. judge blocks law allowing religion as reason to deny service to LGBT people

(Reuters) – A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law intended to allow people who object on religious grounds to refuse wedding and other services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

A sniper from forces aligned with Libya's new unity government shoots while his comrade uses binoculars to scan the area looking for an Islamic State position in the Zaafran area in Sirte June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

Libyan forces battle Islamic State street-to-street in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya,  (Reuters) – Crouching on a rooftop, Libyan truck driver Riyad Swaid takes aim through breeze blocks at positions held by Islamic State fighters a few hundred metres away in the city of Sirte.

default placeholder

Italy’s biggest Chinese community clashes with police near Florence

FLORENCE, Italy,  (Reuters) – Violent clashes broke out this week between police and the local Chinese community in Prato near Florence in central Italy, home to one of the largest concentrations of Chinese-run industry in Europe.

default placeholder

Murders in El Salvador drop by half in June

SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – Murders in El Salvador plunged 51 percent in June compared with the same month last year, police said on Friday, attributing the drop to new government security measures even as gangs pointed to a recent truce to explain the decline.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: