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Supreme Court rules against Obama over appointment power

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a blow to President Barack Obama by cutting back the power of the White House to temporarily fill senior government posts without Senate approval.

In a ruling that will constrain future presidents, the court held on a 9-0 vote that the three appointments Obama made to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012 were unlawful. The decision limits the ability of presidents to make so-called "recess appointments" without Senate approval.

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A White House spokesman told Reuters that the administration was deeply disappointed in the decision.

By Reuters with CNBC staff