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2012-01-12 11:45:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, said today's release of a memo by the Department of Justice backing President Obama's "recess appointments" is legally flawed and is nothing more than a "smokescreen" to provide cover for his unconstitutional actions. "It should comes as no surprise that the President Obama's Justice Department produced a memo that is designed to justify the unconstitutional...

2012-01-10 09:27:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, said today more than 35,000 Americans have signed on to a petition opposing President Obama's recent "recess appointments" - an unconstitutional move that bypassed the Senate. The opposition from the American people comes as a growing number of Senators are expressing concern about the appointments and want to know what input, if any, Attorney General Eric...

2006-07-20 17:00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is considering a new effort to have John Bolton confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a year after appointing him to the job over Senate objections, aides said on Thursday. White House spokesman Dana Perino said officials there were discussing strategy with Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where at least one key opponent has dropped his opposition. Bush appointed Bolton...

2006-07-20 16:48:23

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is considering a new effort to have John Bolton confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a year after appointing him to the job over Senate objections, aides said on Thursday. White House spokesman Dana Perino said officials there were discussing strategy with Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where at least one key opponent has dropped his opposition. Bush appointed...

2006-07-20 13:02:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is considering a new effort to get John Bolton confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a year after appointing him to the job over Senate objections, aides said on Thursday. White House spokesman Dana Perino said officials there were discussing strategy with Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where at least one key opponent has dropped his opposition. Bush gave...

2006-07-20 09:56:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is considering renominating John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a year after appointing him to the job over Senate objections, aides said on Thursday. White House spokesman Tony Snow said White House officials were talking to Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about renominating Bolton for the position. The job requires Senate confirmation. Bush gave Bolton a...

2006-02-06 15:06:14

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Republican lawmaker who once described Washington's combative U.N. ambassador, John Bolton, as everything a diplomat should not be, had some kind words for him while visiting U.N. headquarters on Monday. "I spend a lot of time with John on the phone. I think he is really working very constructively to move forward," said Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio. Voinovich last April stunned his Republican colleagues, who control both chambers of Congress as well as...

2006-01-04 18:59:11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday bypassed the Senate during the congressional recess and appointed Gordon England to be deputy defense secretary. Bush had nominated England when he was Navy Secretary to the No. 2 Defense Department post to succeed Paul Wolfowitz in March, but the nomination stalled in the Senate amid concern among some lawmakers. England has been acting deputy defense secretary and was performing most of those duties. Bush also did a...

2005-08-02 17:12:36

By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Tuesday again bypassed the Senate and appointed Peter Cyril Wyche Flory to be assistant secretary of defense for international security policy. Bush's nomination of Flory had languished in the Senate since June 2004, held up by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan in his fight with the Pentagon over the release of documents mainly related to the Iraq war. The "recess appointment" by Bush came as Congress was on its August...

2005-08-01 10:12:49

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Once dubbed the State Department's "most dangerous man," U.S. ambassador John Bolton will bring an aggressive, sometimes-abrasive style to the United Nations that appears at odds with President Bush's new focus on cooperation and diplomacy. Bush bypassed the Senate and appointed Bolton to the U.N. post on Monday, after the nomination was stalled by Democratic opposition. Under the so-called "recess appointment," Bolton will...