At Greg's place, I updated the latest repeal-and-replace news. No, we're not going to have a replace bill, but Republicans can't quite bring themselves to fully admitting that.
And over at PostPartisan, I argue that today's Fed confirmations are evidence that Barack Obama's recent recess appointments worked. I don't often write "told ya so" posts, but I'm gonna say it this time. This is just basic applied Neustadt, right? Energy in the executive. Presidents "persuade" (in Neustadt's term) by bargaining aggressively, using their formal powers to create bargaining chips (what Neustadt unfortunately called "vantage points"). While the presidency isn't very powerful in the sense of presidents being able to just order everyone around, they do have more bargaining chips than anyone else in the system, and used wisely and aggressively they can wind up extremely influential -- but a passive president will wind up very weak.
So: if Senate Republicans are blocking exec branch nominations, a president should figure out what tools he has to fight back. If House Republicans are blacking recess appointments to prevent Senate recesses and therefore to prevent recess appointments, figure out some way to fight back. When Obama mostly didn't fight back, the situation got worse and worse; once he did, things started improving. Which, again, is basically what I said before the appointments and after the appointments when Republicans threatened to increase their obstruction.