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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Noel Canning
The Supreme Court is refereeing a politically charged dispute between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over the president's power to temporarily fill high-level positions.
For the Supreme Court, whether President Obama's recess appointments were legal could well rest on whether the justices side with Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Madison, or whether they stick with the 40 men who followed the founders.
At the outset of his presidential campaign, in 2007, Barack Obama said that he was "running in this race because of what Dr. King called 'the fierce urgency of now.' Because I believe that there's such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us."
President Obama will elevate the controversy over his recess appointment powers to the highest level, with the National Labor Relations Board announcing Tuesday it will appeal to the Supreme Court a lower-court ruling that held his appointments to the board were illegal.
A court ruling that President Obama overstepped his constitutional authority by going around the Senate to name two appointees to the National Labor Relations Board could invalidate hundreds of the board's rulings, Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday.
Republican senators on Wednesday joined a lawsuit arguing President Obama violated the Constitution when he used his recess appointment powers earlier this year to fill several controversial posts.