Stuff they didn't teach on "Schoolhouse Rock"
It's been quite a year: first we found out that the President can pick and choose which laws he wants to enforce. Then we discovered that minority rights in the Senate can be suspended when votes reach the threshold of "potentially embarrassing." And today it came to our attention that all those pro forma sessions in the Senate were a waste of time since a President can appoint whoever he wants, whenever he wants.
All this new information is going to come in super-handy around this time next year.
Extra - Candidate Obama: "We are not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress."
More - Fleeing the State House to prevent a vote = democracy.