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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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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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