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High court limits president's appointments power

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The president can't make a recess appointment if Congress isn't actually in recess.

The Supreme Court is ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in a clash with President Barack Obama over his appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.

The justices unanimously found that the appointments without Senate confirmation were illegal.

Obama had invoked his power to make temporary appointments when the Senate is in recess -- but the court found that there wasn't actually a formal recess at the time.

The president said he made the appointments in the face of Republican refusal to allow the NLRB to function.

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