Justices curb Obama power on appointees

At issue are Senate recesses

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 3:22 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Barack Obama exceeded his constitutional authority with appointments he made in January 2012.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday curbed the president's power to make temporary appointments without Senate approval, backing congressional Republicans and dealing a blow to President Barack Obama.

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