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November 25, 2015

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November 12, 2015

White House Hits GOP’s Legal ‘Track Record’ in Gitmo Standoff

Police use bolt cutters to cut the chains used by protesters to chain themselves to the White House fence during a protest against the war in Afghanistan and torture in 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Police remove protesters from the White House fence during a demonstration against the war in Afghanistan and torture in 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House is firing back at congressional Republicans who are threatening to sue should President Barack Obama use his executive authority to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, terrorist detention center.

As the White House prepares to send Congress a plan to shutter the facility perhaps as soon as Friday, congressional leaders have dubbed it dead on arrival. The Obama administration continued Thursday refusing to rule out another option: Using an executive action to close the prison, citing the president’s war powers under Article II of the Constitution. Full story

July 13, 2015

Will Obama’s Criminal Justice Efforts End in Big Amnesty?

After President Barack Obama’s immigration legislation push collapsed on Capitol Hill, he embarked on a massive executive amnesty.

Could the same happen to his criminal justice plans? Full story

July 1, 2015

Defying Boehner, Obama to Open Cuba Embassy (Updated)

Obama announced he's normalizing relations with Cuba and reopening the embassy in Havana. (Screenshot)

Obama announced he’s normalizing relations with Cuba and reopening the embassy in Havana. (Screenshot)

Updated 1:41 p.m. | Defying Speaker John A. Boehner, President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba and reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana. Full story

June 8, 2015

Frustrated Obama Fights Courts, Congress, ISIS, Putin (Updated) (Video)

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Cassie Boyle, 8, and her sister Helena Roberts, 11, hold a picture of their father and grandmother, Hannah Brown, at a rally outside of the Supreme Court during March arguments in the King v. Burwell case. Brown died 1999 at age 58, and the family attributes her death to her lack of sufficient health insurance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The “fourth quarter” of President Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t exactly going according to plan.

All of the president’s frustrations appeared on full display Monday at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Germany — with Obama taking on the courts, Congress, the Islamic State terror group and Vladimir Putin. Full story

June 4, 2015

Will Obama Put a Woman on the $20 Bill? (Video)

There’s one executive action President Barack Obama could take that appears to be gaining momentum — putting a woman on the $20 bill.

On Thursday, eight Democratic senators led by Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire wrote to Obama to get on with it and not wait for Congress to act on bills led in the Senate by Shaheen and in the House by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill. Full story

February 17, 2015

Immigration Ruling Casts Shadow on Obama’s Legacy (Updated)

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Heather Piña Ledezma attends an immigration rally last year with her mother, who is from Mexico. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | The third branch of government has entered the immigration debate with a bang — with potentially profound impacts on President Barack Obama’s legacy, the lives of millions and the rest of this Congress.

The decision by a federal district judge in Texas late Monday to temporarily halt Obama’s executive actions on immigration could also give Republicans a way out of a shutdown showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Full story

January 20, 2015

Obama Challenges New GOP Congress in State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 11:59 p.m. | A president energized by an improving economy challenged the new Republican Congress in his 2015 State of the Union address to focus on the middle class and find a bipartisan path forward — while vowing to veto efforts to undo his actions on immigration, climate or health care.

(Read the speech as prepared for delivery here. And watch the live stream.)

President Barack Obama declared his policies to be working — doing a victory lap on slashed deficits, lower gas prices and a shrinking unemployment rate.

Full story

November 20, 2014

Obama to Republicans: Don’t Shut Down the Government Again (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama’s forceful, emotional speech announcing his immigration executive action had a not-so-subtle message to Republicans: Don’t try and stop me.

“To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: pass a bill,” he said. “I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.

“Meanwhile, don’t let a disagreement over a single issue be a deal-breaker on every issue. That’s not how our democracy works, and Congress shouldn’t shut down our government again just because we disagree on this.”

Full story

November 5, 2014

Obama Struggles to Read the Public, Congress

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File Photo)

Obama signaled little course correction Wednesday in response to Tuesday’s blowout losses for Democrats. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File Photo)

For any politician, losing the public — and the message they are sending — is a dangerous thing. And in the wake of one of the worst drubbings for his party in memory, due in large part to his own persistent unpopularity, President Barack Obama didn’t seem to have any answers Wednesday.

At a lengthy news conference after another shellacking, the president avoided using any new word to describe his party’s epic defeat and offered up no plans for substantive change either in his policy approach or his personnel.

He offered no new legislative olive branch to Republicans other than his desire to listen to their ideas.

He doubled down on his plans to thumb his nose at Congress and act on immigration on his own.

He offered no mea culpa to angry Democrats on Capitol Hill, who have fumed ever more openly about a White House they see as overly insular, politically tone-deaf and prone to gaffes. Full story

July 21, 2014

LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

Steve Cohn of Reading, Pa., holds a sign on the East Front of the Capitol calling on equal rights for members of the LGBT community

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:00 p.m. | President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday banning discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people — without a broad religious exemption included in the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

“Our government, the government of the people, by the people and for the people, will become just a little bit fairer,” Obama told a cheering audience in the East Room.

Obama said that while there is still a long way to go to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of who they love, they’ve come a long way in the past five years.

“We’re on the right side of history,” Obama said before signing the order. Full story

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