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Obama's recess appointments outrage Republicans

President Barack Obama on Tuesday named Richard Cordray as the first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also named three people to the National Labor Relations Board. He used the constitutionally allowed recess appointment system, though Republicans say the Senate wasn't actually in recess.

VIDEO: Obama visits Australia, announces new military base there

As China seeks to assert itself in Asia, President Barack Obama visited Australia to announce deeper ties between the nations' militaries, including a new Marine base for the United States. The move was seen as a counter-balance against China's growing presence.

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