Republicans do not have the power to block an Elizabeth Warren recess appointment

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Media outlets have reported that the Republicans, despite being the minority party in the Senate, can block not only Senate confirmation by the Democratic majority (using the standard filibuster), but also a recess appointment--by stopping the Senate from adjourning. How can the minority party stop the Senate from taking a break? Press accounts haven't explained or elaborated on the point, except to report that apparently it's the House--meaning Speaker Boehner--that can hold the Senate open. That doesn't explain much.

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