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Thumbs down to state Rep. Lora Reinbold’s awkwardly worded “rally the troops” mass email, which, in the process of giving out a phone number for like-minded politicians and activists to distribute in hopes of generating telephonic testimony against proposed Medicaid expansion, blundered into something more sinister than she perhaps intended.

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Leonard Oswald Olsen, 92, died March 31, 2015, in Seattle.
6/30/2014
The court’s ruling

They're coming.

A U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision shows President Obama has overreached his authority.

The court recently limited a president's power to fill highly placed federal positions with temporary appointments under particular circumstances. This occurs when the Senate takes a break.

The appointments in this case included three positions on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.

At the time, the Senate met every few days, but didn't for at least 10 days, which is considered a recess break under the Constitution.

The court didn't rule against the president's authority to make recess appointments; it only stated that the Senate wasn't on break when Obama made the NLRB appointments.

The court decision is likely to nullify decisions made by the NLRB since the appointments.

In the meantime, the ruling — particularly being unanimous — reinforces Republican complaints about Obama's exercise of executive power.

This won't be the last challenge or effort to reign in the president; other challenges will be coming. Republicans will continue to come up with other cases of exceeded executive authority.

But aside from Democrats and Republicans, all Americans are served when an unanimous court upholds the Constitution.