Comments for: Obama defies Senate, appoints consumer and labor officials

Posted Jan. 04, 2012, at 7:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A defiant President Barack Obama sidestepped Congress on Wednesday and appointed a new consumer watchdog, locking horns with Republicans, who immediately accused the president of exceeding his authority to appoint a director to an agency they oppose. Speaking at a high school in the election battleground state of …

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