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By Carlyn Kolker, Reuters

It was bound to happen. The Justice Department on Thursday released a previously-confidential memo detailing the Obama administration's legal justification for the recess appointment of Richard Cordrayè to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as the appointments of three members of the National Labor Relations Board. Already, at least one opposition group is pouncing on the memo.

The American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based conservative-leaning legal group, has a detailed explication of the 23-page memo, noting in particular that the memo was written two days after the appointments were actually made, and that the administration itself says the legal issue is a "novel one."

The criticism comes against the backdrop of an ever-higher-fever pitch of opposition to the appointments, Cordray in particular. On Wednesday, the Washington Post, tipping its hat to Roll Call, reported that at least 70 House Republicans are issuing non-binding resolutions condemning the recess appointment....

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