Michael Tomasky has posted the article Barack Obama Needs to Force Congress Into Recess, Make Appointments.
He cites Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution:
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States….
He then explains how Obama could use this section to adjourn Congress against their will and be free to make the recess appointments of all the people for whom the Republicans refuse to allow hearings and a vote.
Would Obama have the backbone to do something like this? Would he even have the nerve to threaten to do this? Not very likely in my opinion.