By Jay Sekulow
The left's outrage over the IRS turns to a plea to 'move on'
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
A federal appeals court cast doubt Wednesday not only on President Obama's controversial January recess appointments but on most such appointments, using oral arguments to question whether presidential powers can ever be used unless Congress has officially adjourned for the end of a year.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has shown so much progress in her recovery from a bullet wound to the head that friends and family are making plans for her to attend the launch of her husband's space shuttle mission next month in Florida, a person close to the family told the Associated Press on Thursday.
The Obama administration pleaded with an appeals court Monday to overturn a judge's order halting federal funding of stem cell research, arguing that the ban would irreparably harm scientific progress toward potentially lifesaving medical treatment.
But Beth Brinkmann, the Obama administration attorney who defended the president's move, said restricting his recess powers would walk back centuries of established practice.
"President Obama needs a new lawyer," he said, questioning why Ms. Brinkmann, the administration's attorney, never raised the jurisdiction issue with the court.