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President Obama -- some time out from his Hawaiian vacation today to nominate one Democrat and one Republican to fill vacancies on the Federal Reserve board.
-- Powell is a former Treasury Department official from the first Bush Administration.
Jeremy Stein is an economics professor at Harvard.
-- like that are not particularly controversy -- how ever many the president supporters are pushing for him to do something that could cause a major uproar.
Correspondent Doug Luzader explains from Honolulu.
Nothing but tail lights that's about all we see of the president as he shuttles around the island but it's what he's planning for his vacation home here that has Washington guessing.
Just how far is the administration willing to -- its constitutional authority try to get its nominees passed congress with recess appointments.
If there why is -- experience.
At a time when things -- pretty overheated anyway.
In this country.
Partisan and ideological terms I suspect it's best not to play this particular game.
But these empty chairs at the National Labor Relations Board may argue otherwise for the president.
Because he had senate Republicans can't agree on new board members 2012 we'll start with just two of five chairs filled.
Not even -- four so the board will have to shut down.
Labor unions that back the president will be furious.
For them the friendly NLRB will help expand -- power -- best possible choice for director of the way back in July the president nominated Richard portrait -- the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Another nominee lost in limbo in this case because senate Republicans think the bureau has too much power.
Under the constitution.
The president can simply appoint someone to fill any of these slots on his own if the senate is not in session.
To prevent that from happening this is what Republicans are having the senate do every three days or so gavel and so -- don't come in order and gavel lab.
Even though virtually no one -- here.
No recess no recess appointments the thinking goes but that all depends on how you define a recess.
The two or three days technically be a recess.
Recent history says no but the president could put that to the test.
He's got the option but it got to go back a long way in history.
To find an example.
That's going to suit -- his convenience if if he wants to go ahead with the recess appointment.
The White House won't rule out pushing the boundaries I mean we're not relinquishing any rights here that's that's certainly the case.
But Republicans -- how and one democratic strategist thinks it would simply be too risky.
I think he's -- to try to do what he can to avoid controversy.
And not try to be a lightning rod.
And that's really the conundrum for the president if he avoids controversy with Republicans.
He risked angering his base especially labor activists at key component.
His re election -- -- That was eight -- live from Honolulu thank you done.
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