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The Pendulum of Executive Power

Boyden Gray recently spoke with CBS News about the brief he filed in the Supreme Court’s recess appointment case, Noel Canning v. NLRB, and about the cyclical nature of executive branch expansion (typified by President Wilson) and contraction (typified by President Coolidge): “So the pendulum swings back and forth and back and forth, and I think the Congress will at some point…

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Stephanie Condon, Is Obama Overstepping His Bounds with Executive Actions?, CBS News, Jan. 28, 2014

C. Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel under President George H.W. Bush, is representing groups that are challenging the constitutionality of Cordray’s appointment — made the same day as the NLRB appointments. Gray himself was recess-appointed to serve as U.S. ambassador to the European Union in 2006, but in a brief filed with the Supreme Court in the NLRB case,…

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Carle Hulse, Role Reversals Emerge in Dispute Over Obama’s Recess Appointments, New York Times, Jan. 10, 2014

C. Boyden Gray, the former White House counsel and ambassador, is among the conservative lawyers urging the Supreme Court to severely constrain the Obama administration’s ability to fill executive branch vacancies during a Senate recess. Mr. Gray is exceptionally well versed in the subject, having received his own recess appointment in 2006.

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Former White House Counsel Says Government Is Too Big, MacIver Institute, July 3, 2013

[youtube id=”0NhLAM9c49w” mode=”normal” align=”center”] Boyden Gray, White House Counsel during President George H. W. Bush’s administration, sat down with the MacIver News Service recently to talk about the dramatic overreach of government. Gray says that the government is too large and the best way to change the direction our nation is heading is through challenges in the courts because the…

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