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Obama makes Berwick's recess appointment official

Via a press release, President Obama today announced that he was making three recess appointments -- including the controversial Dr. Donald Berwick to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"It's unfortunate that at a time when our nation is facing enormous challenges, many in Congress have decided to delay critical nominations for political purposes," Obama said in the release. "These recess appointments will allow three extremely qualified candidates to get to work on behalf of the American people right away. With more than 180 nominees still pending before the Senate, it's my hope that my colleagues in Congress will agree to put politics aside and move forward on these vitally important positions."