Late Afternoon Tidbits

We’re changing things up a bit this week, replacing the Talk tomorrow with predictions of Ben Bernanke’s speech and the Federal Reserve’s future plans.

Also noteworthy, I contributed to a post on Jonathan Bernstein’s blog about Congress’ pro forma session and presidential recess appointments:

Charles Lebovitz of Chross Talk finds this one. My emphasis:

“Throughout the August recess, my colleagues and I will preside over pro forma sessions in the House — preventing congressional recess and presidential recess appointments,” said Rep. Jeffrey M. Landry, a Louisiana Republican who helped organize the effort.

Ooh, that’s a nice one, isn’t it? Oh, sorry: forgot to say what this is about. I’m looking for examples of Republicans, especially House Republicans, who slip up and say that Congress is currently in a recess. After all, the Constitution doesn’t say anything about how long Congress goes without a pro forma session; what the Constitution says is that the president can make appointments “to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate.” Well, is it a recess or isn’t it? Landry seems, shall we say, confused. Nice catch!

Here’s a link to the full post and don’t forget to check out the rest of Jonathan Bernstein’s blog. He’s both insightful and prolific, contributing often to the Washington Post’s Plum Line blog and to various other publications. 
 – Chip Lebovitz

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