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Despite being on vacation in Hawaii, Obama seems to be spending a lot of time on the phone with Washington. On Wednesday, Obama bypassed the Senate and made six recess appointments—surpassing the number of times George W. Bush exercised the power at this point in his presidency.—and sidestepping politcal battles before the new Congress convenes. Obama appointed ambassadors to Turkey, Syria, Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic, named William Boarman as public printer of the United States, and, most controversially, made James Cole deputy attorney general. Cole's appointment had been snared by Senate Republicans due to his role as an independent monitor of insurance giant AIG, and over a 2002 report he wrote advocating civilian trials for terror suspects. Recess appointments only last for a year (the six nominees have been pending for nearly five months) and will have to be renominated and confirmed by the next Congress.
Read original story in The Hill Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010