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Political Quick Hits: February 1st Edition

February 1, 2013 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • A federal appeals court ruled last Friday that President Obama’s three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was on recess was unconstitutional. For decades, presidents have done this to force through certain nominees during recess especially when other non-related political fighting could slow down the nomination process. This decision puts that executive power in question for future presidents. (Reuters)
  • Immigration reform was in the news this week when first a bipartisan Senate group announced framework for comprehensive immigration reform. A group of four Democrat and four Republican senators laid out a plan that would strengthen border security and employment verification in exchange for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. President Obama then gave a speech on immigration this week applauding the bipartisan effort but saying something must get done quickly in Congress. (NBC News)

  • Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry was confirmed as the next Secretary of State, taking over for Hillary Clinton. Kerry was confirmed in a 94-3 vote. He is former Vietnam War veteran and also recently led the Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry will be replaced in the Senate temporarily by William “Mo” Cowan, former chief of staff to current Mass Governor Deval Patrick. A special election will be held on June 25th for Kerry’s seat. (Huff Po)
  • Finally, the Super Bowl is Sunday (Read our preview HERE) and President Obama came out this week questioned the safety of the game. Obama said, “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.” He later went on to say, “And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence.” (Forbes)

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