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January 25, 2016

Will Obama Issue Executive Action on Cap-and-Trade?


Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks with a reporter as he arrives for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Inhofe. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Obama administration is refusing to make his final year in office as uneventful as Republicans would like. In fact, lawmakers expect executive action on everything from terrorist detention to campaign finance to environmental issues.

One possibility is an executive action setting up a carbon cap-and-trade system, says Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla. President Barack Obama “has legacy things and he doesn’t have as much time as he would like to have,” Inhofe said in an interview. “Cap-and-trade and closing Gitmo, those are the things he wants to do.”

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January 12, 2016

SOTU: Obama Tries to Reassure Anxious Public


WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12:  U.S. President Barack Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office at the White House January 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama will give his 7th and the final State of the Union address tonight at the Capitol.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office on Tuesday as he prepares to give his 7th and the final State of the Union address. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama will take an optimistic message about the future of America to Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening, using his final State of the Union to reassure a distressed public and challenge a restive Congress.

Obama hopes to use his final address to lawmakers to strike a stark contrast with what the White House has described as “gloom and doom” talk from the Republican presidential candidates about the trajectory of the country. He and his top aides are previewing the prime time speech as a break from tradition, saying Obama will speak in broad terms rather than lay out a sweeping legislative agenda. Full story

December 18, 2015

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Praise, Criticism for GOP as Obama Wraps 2015


US President Barack Obama gestures during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 18, 2015. Obama addressed the press before flying to San Bernardino to meet families of the victims of the December 2 attack, before continuing to Hawaii for a two-week family vacation. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama delivered a downright upbeat 2015 legislative victory lap and 2016 pep talk before leaving the White House. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

During his year-end news conference, President Barack Obama took the kinds of partisan shots that for years have so frustrated congressional Republicans. But he also flashed the pragmatic streak that helped him notch several legislative victories in 2015.

On one hand, Obama praised Republicans for crafting several high-profile bills that met his muster. But on the other, he clubbed the GOP for bucking the rest of the world for its rejection of the very concept of climate change. Full story

November 18, 2015

White House: Guantanamo Plan Still Developing


A 2013 protest about Gitmo outside the Hart Senate Office Building. (Douglas Graham, CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A 2013 protest about Gitmo outside the Hart Senate Office Building. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House is pouring cold water on a report it is delaying a plan to close the terrorist detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, saying the blueprint remains under construction.

A delay would amount to yet another blow to President Barack Obama’s quest to shutter the controversial prison and transfer some prisoners to U.S. soil. A senior administration official told CQ Roll Call Wednesday night the plan “will be delivered to Congress when complete” because closing the facility “remains a priority for President Obama.” Full story

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

Moving Gitmo Detainees Unites Political Left and Right


Bev Rice, second from left, of New York City, and others hold pictures of detainees during a Senate Judiciary Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights Subcommittee hearing in Hart Building to examine the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp focusing on the "national security, fiscal and human rights implications." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Bev Rice, second from left, and others hold pictures of detainees during a 2013 hearing to examine the closing of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama already is hearing opposition from his political right over a coming plan to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility — and soon he will feel pressure from groups on his left.

A coalition of human rights and civil liberties advocacy groups say they will  join voices on the right about the controversial issue of holding terrorism suspects indefinitely without any criminal charges or a trial. Defense attorneys who represent Guantánamo detainees are also concerned that the quality of life for some may change dramatically if they are transferred to U.S. facilities.

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November 6, 2015

Republicans Already Making Gitmo an Issue for 2016


Bennet leaves the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet leaves the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee plans an online advertising campaign in seven key states targeting a policy change by the Obama administration about the future of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

The RNC is looking to focus on Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Missouri and Georgia, according to a GOP source familiar with the plan who shared details ahead of a formal announcement. Facilities in those states or close to them have been the subject of site visits by federal officials looking for a place to relocate Gitmo detainees.

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October 5, 2015

White House: Guantánamo Closure Remains Obama Priority (Updated) (Video)


Navy and Marine hats sit near the witness table as protesters demonstrate during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in February. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Navy and Marine hats sit near the witness table as protesters demonstrate during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the Guantanamo detention facility in February. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:51 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s veto threat over the National Defense Authorization Act isn’t just about the money.

“The current version that was passed through the House of Representatives is something that the president would veto principally because of this — of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantánamo Bay,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. “So our position on this hasn’t changed. We continue to feel strongly about it.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:42 p.m.
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December 2, 2014

Obama Ready to Cave on Guantánamo Again


Obama says he still wants to see the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, but may sign a bill taking away his ability to do so. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama told a shopper Saturday he’s working to close Guantanamo Bay, but he may sign a bill taking away his ability to do so. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama told someone at a bookstore over the weekend he was working on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but he appears to be getting ready for what has become a traditional year-end cave on the issue.

It now seems all-but-certain the president will sign the National Defense Authorization Act, despite the expected inclusion of language effectively banning him from transferring Gitmo prisoners to U.S. soil — despite an earlier vow to veto such a bill.

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October 10, 2014

Boehner, GOP Pounce on Guantanamo Report


Republicans oppose closing Guantanamo prison. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans oppose closing Guantanamo prison. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are seizing on a report that President Barack Obama is considering ways to do an end-run around Congress to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to attack Democrats facing voters next month.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was one of the first out of the gate, vowing to “shut down the Senate” if Obama tried to bring terrorists from Guantánamo to U.S. shores, after the Wall Street Journal reported Obama is considering overriding a congressional ban.

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, quickly followed with a sharply worded statement, vowing to do “everything within our power” to keep terrorists from being transferred to the United States. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 12:44 p.m.
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