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Payback’s a Cinch: Obama recess appoints Craig Becker

I hope you are not surprised. While you were sleeping (or relaxing) over the weekend, President Obama made 15 recess appointments, adding Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, to the National Labor Relations Board.

Thanks to CSPAN’s archive, I am going to let McCain et al. have their say. Watch the video here.

Now I will let the White House have the final word on this one. At the height of the controversy, Craig Becker’s bio read like this on the White House’s website:

“Craig Becker, of Illinois, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2014, vice Dennis P. Walsh.”

In the announcement on Saturday, the White House re-released a statement which rehashed his bio from last spring when he was first nominated:

Craig Becker currently serves as Associate General Counsel to both the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1978 and received his J.D. in 1981 from Yale Law School where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school he clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  For the past 27 years, he has practiced and taught labor law. He was a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law between 1989 and 1994 and has also taught at the University of Chicago and Georgetown Law Schools.  He has published numerous articles on labor and employment law in scholarly journals, including the Harvard Law Review and Chicago Law Review, and has argued labor and employment cases in virtually every federal court of appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.

You can put out that kind of bio when you know you’ve already won, and you have nothing to lose.

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