Manchin Opposes Tanden for OMB

The Senate’s last conservative Democrat is taking President Biden’s call for unity seriously.

Amy Coney Barrett Nomination Coming Today

Multiple reports have the Notre Dame graduate replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

White House Coronavirus Update Briefing President Donald J. Trump listens as a White House video plays the media’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) during an update briefing Monday, April 13, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen) White House Coronavirus Update Briefing President Donald J. Trump listens as a White House video plays the media’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) during an update briefing Monday, April 13, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Trump Threatens to Adjourn Congress to Get Appointees In

The President is learning more about the Constitution every day.

Puerto Rico Gets Its Third Governor In A Week

Thanks to a ruling by the Puerto Rican Supreme Court, the island Commonwealth has its third Governor in less than a week.

Trump Picks Eugene Scalia, Son Of Late SCOTUS Justice, As Secretary Of Labor

President Trump has named his pick for Labor Secretary.

Trump Has Reportedly Decided To Remove National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

H.R. McMaster appears to be on the way out as National Security Adviser. The important question is, who replaces him?

Senate Blocks Trump’s Ability To Make Recess Appointments

Even members of his own party don’t trust Donald Trump enough to make it possible for him to make recess appointments.

Trump To Name Supreme Court Nominee Tomorrow Evening

President Trump will name his first Supreme Court pick on his 11th day in office.

John Bolton Reportedly In Line For Number Two Spot At State Department

A controversial member of George W. Bush’s foreign policy team is up for a post in Donald Trump’s State Department.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s “No Hearings, No Votes” Position On Garland Nomination

It increasingly appears that the GOP is on the losing side of the argument over whether to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

The Political Battle Over Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat Has Begun

It didn’t take long for the political battle over the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia to become another part of the 2016 political battle.

Driven Largely By Republicans, Public Opinion On The Supreme Court Hits A Low

Public opinion on the Supreme Court has declined significantly, largely because Republicans don’t like the Supreme Court very much right now.

Unanimous SCOTUS Decisions Do Not Mean The Losing Side’s Arguments Were ‘Extreme’

We’ve seen a notable number of 9-0 Supreme Court decisions this term, but that doesn’t mean that the side that lost was making an extreme or meritless argument.

Supreme Court Restricts President’s Recess Appointment Power

The Supreme Court rules that Recess Appointments can only be made when there’s actually a Congressional recess.

Speaker Boehner To File Lawsuit Against Obama Over Executive Actions

A clash over Separation Of Power and the Imperial Presidency, coming soon to a Federal District Court in Washington, D.C.

Guardians Of “Traditional” Media Once Again Bar SCOTUSBlog From Getting Press Credentials

A committee of journalists who work in the “traditional” media has once again denied press credentials to SCOTUSBlog.

Previewing Another Busy June For The Supreme Court

It’s that time of year again.

Benghazi Committee A Prelude To Impeachment?

Is the GOP headed down a road that leads to yet another doomed impeachment and trial?

Is President Obama’s “Administrative Fix” Even Legal? Probably Not

The Imperial Presidency didn’t start with Barack Obama, but his PPACA “fix” does much to expand it into questionable new territory.

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal In Recess Appointments Case

The Supreme Court accepts what will likely be one of the most important cases of its upcoming term.

Appeals Court Declares Obama Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

A potentially significant ruling on Separation Of Powers.

President Obama Much Bigger Fan of Executive Power Than Senator Obama

Charlie Savage documents a major shift in Barack Obama’s philosophy of presidential authority.

First Legal Challenge Filed To Obama’s Recess Appointments

The first shot in a Constitutional showdown has been fired.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Orange Ya Glad I Didn’t Say Banana Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Why The GOP Is Likely To Lose The Political Fight Over The Cordray Appointment

The GOP is at a distinct disadvantage in the political fight over President Obama’s Recess Appointment of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB.

Are Obama’s Recess Appointments Unconstitutional? Probably Not

While the President’s recess appointments are bound to set off a political dispute with the Republicans, there does not appear to be a Constitution ban against them.

Newt Gingrich’s Foreign Policy Judgment, Or Lack Thereof

Newt Gingrich’s foreign policy vision leaves much to be desired.

What’s Good For The Partisan Goose Is Good For The Partisan Gander

House Republicans are being criticized for utilizing a tactic they learned from Senate Democrats.

Syrian Troops Continue Crackdown Amid International Pressure

The world is starting to denounce the crackdown in Syria, but the reaction seems unlikely to go much beyond strongly worded statements.

2011: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts are calling for bipartisanship in the New Year.

Conservative Congressman Calls Obama Recess Appointments An “Outrage”

The reaction to President Obama’s recent recess appointments provide us with yet another example of bipartisan hypocrisy.

Obama Makes Recess Appointments

The usage of the recess appointment process is just another example of the need for institutional reform in the Senate.

Warren to Oversee Creation of Consumer Protection Agency

Warren to appears set to oversee the establishment of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A Recess Appointment for Warren?

Is President Obama poised to make a recess appointment for Elizabth Warren?

Supreme Court Confirmation Crisis?

Are we nearing the point where presidents won’t be able to fill Supreme Court vacancies?