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CNN: In Hawaii this year, White House better prepared for possible crisis
Every day before 8 a.m. Hawaiian time, President Barack Obama gets an extensive briefing about all of the national security threats that have been bubbling around the world overnight while he's been vacationing.
CNN: Obama makes 6 recess appointments
Taking time out from his Hawaiian vacation to assert some executive authority, President Barack Obama on Wednesday used a series of recess appointments to override Republican objections to several nominees. Obama used his constitutional power to appoint six people who have had their nominations pending for an average of 147 days, according to White House officials.