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  • Executive action on tax deals could come next week, Dem says

    09/12/2014 9:12:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    A senior Democratic tax writer said Friday that the Obama administration could take unilateral action targeting offshore tax deals before Congress leaves town for the midterm elections. Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) said that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told a group of House Ways and Means Democrats on Wednesday that the White House would roll out administrative actions against the recent influx of so-called inversions “when they’re ready.” “That could be next week,” Levin said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Lew has only said that the administration would decide in the “very near future” how to respond...
  • Obama poised to extend record of executive action during congressional recess

    08/09/2014 4:10:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2014
    With Congress on August recess after failing to agree on a plan to help fix the country’s pressing immigration problems, President Obama is poised to take matters in his own hands with executive actions. Whether the president will act without Congress on immigration and other pressing issues has as emerged as a thorny political question. Critics argue he is intent on violating the Constitution to achieve his political agenda, while supporters say he is being forced into action because of the Capitol Hill dysfunction. Speculation that Obama will act during August recess is not unfounded. He has issued at least...
  • A Constitutional Abyss

    08/07/2014 3:14:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 8-6-14 | Fred Bauer
    As the administration talks about executive orders, even Democrats are saying: Halt! La Rochefoucauld said that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. To which we might add that hypocrisy is the perpetual bedfellow of partisan politics. However, at a certain point in politics, hypocrisy can degenerate into self-righteous sophistry, in which the hypocrite declaims multiple, contradictory slogans in the same tired register of moral dudgeon. Though hypocrisies and bouts of calculated amnesia permeate the current political moment, few theoretical contortions have been as twisted as the Obama administration’s assertions about presidential power. Despite all his rhetoric on...
  • President Obama's use of executive orders in historical terms

    08/06/2014 7:25:47 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    National Constitution Center ^ | August 5, 2014 | NCC Staff
    The current controversy over President Barack Obama's use of executive orders has many Republicans steamed and Democrats on the defensive. But has the President really issued more orders that his predecessors? In terms of executive orders, quality counts as much as quantity, and several significant Obama executive orders have some conservatives rallying around a lawsuit against the president, as well as threatening impeachment... The American Presidency Project keeps tabs on executive orders and their historical counterparts dating back to the George Washington administration. The presidents who used orders and proclamations the most, per year, were [Franklin] Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and...
  • Op-Ed Has Obama acted outside the law?

    08/05/2014 7:44:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August, 4, 2014 | By John T. Woolley
    ... The GOP maintains that Obama has failed to faithfully execute the law, as is his constitutional duty. The Democrats say either "things are not as clear as you think" or "we're not doing anything Bush didn't do." And both sides talk about how many executive orders Obama has or has not issued. But this dispute cannot be resolved by counting the numbers of executive orders. This has been an interesting fight for political specialists to watch. It involves a serious discussion about the appropriate range of executive discretion. This is not a new fight, and the issue ought to...
  • Obama preps next border action

    08/02/2014 12:33:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 2, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama is expected to take executive action to help illegal immigrants stay in the country while Congress is away on a five-week recess, pro-immigrant advocates said Saturday. Obama and his allies believe his authority to act without legislative approval has been strengthened by congressional gridlock over comprehensive reform. “I’ve heard not to expect anything until toward the end of August. They’ve been listening to suggestions by advocates over what could be done. The president has yet to make a decision about what steps he plans to take,” said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin...
  • Obama's immigration flip flop

    07/25/2014 8:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | July 25. 2014 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale. Forget everything he’s said. Obama’s pledge to use his executive powers by the end of the summer marked both a dramatic reversal in rhetoric and a major strategic shift on immigration. The president is no longer emphasizing his own powerlessness but rather his determination “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” [SNIP] The shift could be used by critics as an example of Obama saying...
  • Did Obama Lose His Pen and Phone at the Border?

    07/11/2014 6:37:19 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/10/2014 | IBD Staff
    Leadership: All year long, President Obama has bragged that if Congress didn't act on his legislative agenda, he'd do so on his own. But when it comes to the border crisis, he says his hands are tied. Back in January, Obama labeled 2014 a "year of action." He said, "I've got a pen and I've got a phone" and promised to use them to "take executive actions and administrative actions" if Congress failed to get things done. The White House even issued a "year of action" report this week, which includes "40 actions" Obama has taken (not counting the dozens...
  • Obama to Act on His Own on Immigration

    07/08/2014 7:19:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/14 | Douglas Gibbs
    The heartstrings are tugged by an article where a mother in Utah is not being deported, it is being delayed, in the hopes she can stay in the country long enough, after savior Obama swoops in to save her “in the wake of his announcement that he’ll act on his own to address immigration problems.”
  • Boehner's Brilliant Lawsuit against Obama's Presidential Over-Reach

    07/08/2014 3:34:45 AM PDT · by Moseley · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jon Moseley
    John Boehner’s plan, in which he proposes to sue President Barack Obama for violating the Constitutional role of the presidency, is important and brilliant. I am an attorney, with a keen interest in both politics and law. I have read and studied the U.S. Supreme Court precedents in question. Pundits with incorrect analyses make three wrong objections: (1) Congress does not have legal “standing” to be the plaintiff to bring a successful lawsuit. (2) The Courts are reluctant to get involved in disputes between Congress and the Executive Branch. (3) Congress has other tools and Boehner is off-base using a...
  • 'So Sue Me': Why President Obama Is Embracing a Fight With Congress

    07/06/2014 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 6, 2014 | by Perry Bacon Jr.
    President Barack Obama has aggressively touted his use of executive authority over the last several months as he aims to cement his legacy and push his policies now and even beyond his presidency. The president's in-your-face attitude was punctuated Wednesday by his sarcastic challenge to Republicans: "So sue me." The emphasis on executive actions is a shift for Obama. In 2010, after Republicans won control of Congress, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington wrote a detailed memo urging Obama to use executive orders on a wide range of issues. But late last year, Obama hired...
  • Obama asks Cabinet for 'creative' use of executive powers

    07/01/2014 9:36:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Tuesday asked his Cabinet to help him find more ways to use his executive powers. “You’ve already seen the power of some of our executive actions making a real difference for ordinary families,” Obama said at a White House meting. “We’re going to have to be creative about how we can make real progress.” The president is increasingly relying on executive orders and regulatory moves to move his agenda, despite opposition from House Republicans, who have threatened to sue him over his executive actions, and the Supreme Court, which ruled last week that Obama’s recess appointments were...
  • Jonathan Turly Weighs In On Supreme Court Ruling & Executive Orders Special Report

    06/30/2014 5:00:48 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | June 30, 2014 | You Tube
    Video - special report with Jonathan Turly on SCOTUS ruling.
  • W.H. Press Secretary: 'We’re Not Just Going To Sit Around And Wait' For Congress To Write Laws

    06/26/2014 9:12:54 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 26, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama, tired of waiting for Congress to act on immigration reform, is currently exploring ways to address issues with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. During an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the Obama was getting impatient with Congress. “[W]e’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress,” he explained. “We’ve been waiting a year already. The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to try...
  • Boehner to Sue White House Over Executive Orders

    06/25/2014 5:13:32 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner announced he will be filing a lawsuit in the coming days against the White House in an effort to stop President Obama's continuing executive overreach. "This is not about impeachment -- it's about him faithfully executing the laws of this country," Boehner said during the announcement. Here's more background from Roll Call: The lawsuit could set up a significant test of constitutional checks and balances, with the legislative branch suing the executive branch for ignoring its mandates, and the judiciary branch deciding the outcome. Boehner told the House Republican Conference during...
  • The all powerful executive

    06/11/2014 4:21:59 PM PDT · by Don Corleone · 17 replies
    National Archives | thru 6/7/14 | Obama himself
    Read this information all the way to the end and draw your own conclusions! This is astounding and serious for us all to be aware of. So, the next time someone says, "oh, all Presidents issue executive orders", enlighten them! For the SHOCK of your life, take 1 minute to comprehend what you read below. During our lifetimes, all Presidents have issued Executive Orders. For various reasons, some have issued more than others. These things will directly affect u.s. all, in years to come. Question is: Do YOU care enough to send this, 'shocking info,' to people you love and...
  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 8:44:33 AM PDT · by Bratch · 69 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | May 29, 2014 | Terry Kovel/King Feature Syndicate
    An heirloom bronze elephant with ivory tusks, great-grandmother's piano with ivory keys, a vintage ivory chess set or an antique silver teapot with a small ivory inset in the handle to keep it cool may be "endangered" by proposed laws that could be in place sometime in June. Buying, selling or importing ivory from recently killed African elephants already is illegal and has been for about 25 years. But an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would extend the ban to include all antique ivory harvested from elephants that died before 1914. There would be a law forbidding sales,...
  • Climate Change and President Obama's Action Plan (An Outline for Tyranny)

    05/20/2014 4:48:00 PM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 5/6/2014 | Office of the President
    President Obama has announced a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change. [...] On May 6, the Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information to date about climate-change impacts across all U.S. regions and on critical sectors of the economy. The report, a key deliverable of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat — it's affecting us now.
  • WH ‘picking up the pace’ on executive actions

    05/20/2014 12:41:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House will be “picking up the pace on executive actions,” as Congress focuses its efforts on the newly formed select committee investigating Benghazi, senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer declared Tuesday. In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Pfeiffer argued that congressional Republicans are not interested in engaging on the economy, instead spending time “obsessively trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act” and “ginning up politically motivated investigations.” “Given this dynamic, President Obama has only one option — use every ounce of his authority to unilaterally improve economic security,” Pfeiffer said. “Next week, as congressional Republicans spend their energy...
  • Obama Preparing Executive Orders To Push Green Energy

    05/09/2014 10:07:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 5/9/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    President Obama is preparing to use “the pen and phone” to push more solar power and energy efficiency measures. He wants to deal with global warming but not congressional Republicans. Obama will order executive agencies to push a slew of new programs to promote solar power, green jobs training and subsidize investing in energy efficient appliances and equipment. Obama will also announce a plan to complete solar panel installations on the roof of the White House. The president will make his announcement Friday at a Wal-Mart in Mountain View, California and outline 300 “private and public sector commitments” to reduce...
  • For Obama, a renewed focus on climate

    05/04/2014 11:25:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    He is regularly briefed on scientific reports on the issue, including a national climate assessment that he will help showcase Tuesday. He is using his executive authority to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and is moving ahead with stricter fuel-efficiency standards for the heaviest trucks. “He’s spending money, in my view, in the wrong place,” Duncan said in an interview. “He needs to be focused on the economy, and the balance has gotten out of hand.”
  • Chilling Truth: The Siege of the Bundy Ranch Reaches into the White House (agenda 21)

    04/13/2014 1:17:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 67 replies
    Cliven Bundy, can a cowboy defeat the Marxists? In the end, there is only one reason why the Bundy ranch was besieged. President Obama had to have taken the lead. He knew it was going on and he sanctioned it. Beyond oil, solar, and Chinese Communists with money, lurks Obama’s Agenda. InfoWars has found a smoking gun in the case of embattled rancher Cliven Bundy. A lucrative contract – which will benefit Harry Reid and his son Rory Reid – specifically mentions the need to rid the land of Cliven Bundy. In addition, Natural News pointed out that the BLM...
  • Obama imposes his policies directly on federal contractors, in 'year of action'

    04/06/2014 1:23:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2014 | AP
    President Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors. This week, he will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The prohibition on the wage "gag rules" is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That legislation is scheduled for a vote this week, though it is not likely to pass. In addition, Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race....
  • Brace Yourself For More Obama Executive Orders

    03/27/2014 11:26:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Just two short months ago President Obama announced from the White House, "I've got a pen and a phone and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward." Obama made the statement out of his frustration with a split Congress and a House controlled by Republicans opposed to his big government, lawless agenda. Now, although Obama may have a pen and a phone, he doesn't seem to have much patience, especially on the issue of immigration reform. Over at theWashington Post, Greg Sargent is warning the...
  • Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays

    03/26/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    March 26, 2014 10:44 AM Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays By Alec Torres The Obama administration will announce its tenth Obamacare delay later today, this time extending the March 31 enrollment deadline for people who say they’ve been unable to enroll in health plans in the federal marketplace by the deadline. The extension applies to the federal exchange operating in three dozen states and is expected to last for two or three weeks. Can’t remember what all the delays have been? Politico provided a helpful history of Obamacare delays from most to least recent: March 25: Final enrollment...
  • Obama wants overtime pay for more salaried workers

    03/12/2014 4:39:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 77 replies
    AP ^ | 48 minutes ago | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job. The rules, which would not likely take effect until 2015, are aimed at workers currently designated as supervisory employees but who are exempt from overtime because they get paid a salary of more than $455 a week. Obama plans to order his Labor Department to recommend regulations that would increase that salary threshold and change the definition of what constitutes a supervisor. Obama's attention to...
  • CARSON: Why those in power should act like adults

    02/26/2014 9:13:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    Thwarting excessive government intervention is keyMost of us can remember feeling that someone had done us a great injustice. On those occasions, we want nothing more than to exact revenge. I remember being unfairly treated as a lowly ROTC cadet by one of the sergeants who resented the fact that my brother had been promoted to captain and company commander over him. I was very ambitious and worked extremely hard, resulting in my promotion in record time to the rank of colonel and city executive officer. This individual was now firmly under my command and I could have wreaked havoc...
  • Live Thread: Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws

    02/26/2014 7:02:13 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 26 replies
    http://judiciary.house.gov ^ | February 26, 2014 | Chairman
    Witness Panel 1 The Honorable Jim Gerlach United States House of Representatives Gerlach Testimony.pdf (146.3 KBs) The Honorable Diane Black United States House of Representatives Black Testimony.pdf (305.2 KBs) The Honorable Tom Rice United States House of Representatives Rice Testimony.pdf (271.7 KBs) The Honorable Ron DeSantis United States House of Representatives DeSantis Testimony.pdf (315.3 KBs) Witness Panel 2 Mr. Jonathan Turley George Washington University Law School Turley Testimony.pdf (338.6 KBs) Ms. Elizabeth Price Foley Florida International University College of Law Foley testimony.pdf (682.6 KBs) Mr. Christopher Schroeder Duke University Law School Schroeder Testimony.pdf (221.0 KBs) Permalink: http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/2014/2/enforcing-the-president-s-constitutional-duty-to-faithfully-execute-the-laws
  • This Week’s New Executive Orders

    02/23/2014 10:05:23 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    True to his word, President Obama bypassed Congress this week with a trifecta of new Executive Orders. Concerned that trucking firms are “needlessly wasting money on gas-guzzling semi-trucks,” the President ordered haulers to “improve their MPGs.” As Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx explained, “no one cares more about this country and its well-being that President Obama. These truckers may be satisfied to fritter away costly fuel, but the President is not. Unless they clean up their act we will shut them down.” In a bid to end the debate over global warming, President Obama issued an Executive Order declaring that...
  • Barack Obama: You can call it ‘Obamacare’

    02/17/2014 8:04:08 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Barack Obama: You can call it ‘Obamacare’ By: Jose DelReal February 17, 2014 09:38 AM EST It may not be polling well, but President Barack Obama isn’t too worried about the Affordable Care Act’s nickname, Obamacare, or the health care law’s impact on his legacy. “I like it. I don’t mind,” the president told former NBA star Charles Barkley in an interview that aired Sunday about the term Obamacare. “And I tell you, five years from now, when everybody’s saying, ‘Man, I’m sure glad we got health care,’ there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don’t...
  • King Obama - Je Suis L'Etat, L'Etat, C'est Moi!

    02/16/2014 1:07:51 PM PST · by vrwc54 · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2/16/14 | Granny Jan
    King Obama - I am the state, the state is me. Music: Rossini - Ouverture La Gazza Ladra - Gustavo Dudamel
  • Federal guidance on pot business leaves banks wary

    02/15/2014 1:48:31 PM PST · by steve86 · 18 replies
    Seattle PI / Associated Press ^ | 2/15/2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) — For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash — driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man — can't end soon enough.
  • Carbon Benefits Exceed Costs By Up to 500:1

    02/15/2014 8:41:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Environmental Protection Agency, other government agencies and various scientists contend that fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming and climate change. They use this claim to justify repressive regulations for automobiles, coal-fired power plants and other facilities powered by hydrocarbon energy. Because these rules are costing millions of jobs and billions of dollars, a federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) devised the “social cost of carbon” concept – which attaches arbitrary monetary values to the alleged impacts of using hydrocarbons and emitting carbon dioxide. SCC estimates...
  • Obama Defends “Flip-Flop” on Executive Orders

    02/14/2014 8:42:31 PM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    Before he became President, Senator Barack Obama was a strident critic of George Bush's use of Executive Orders to get around Congressional participation in policy making. “The biggest problems we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch, and not go through Congress at all,” the then 2008 presidential candidate Obama said. “That’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.” The sharp contrast of this earlier sentiment with his current “have pen, will rule” stance was brushed aside as “a phony...
  • 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will

    02/14/2014 4:52:46 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 14, 2014 | Amy Payne
    President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite. "The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America." That was candidate Obama back in 2008. This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced...
  • Congresswoman Proposes Expedited Legislative Procedure

    02/09/2014 10:23:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    Citing the “unwarranted thwarting of the will of the people by the Republicans in the House,” Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) unveiled what she called “an expedited legislative procedure.” Under this procedure, a so-called “full employment caucus” comprised of Democratic lawmakers will draft Executive Orders and pass them on to President Obama for his signature. “We cannot sit by idly while the GOP uses out-dated clauses of the Constitution to block the initiatives of the Administration,” Jackson said. “By gathering the true representatives of voters into our caucus we can ensure that the President’s will prevails over obstructionism.” Jackson went...
  • Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘We’ll Give President Obama a Number of Executive Orders’

    02/04/2014 12:16:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 4, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    Video at link - 49 seconds. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.” Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus. “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Jackson Lee said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right...
  • Obama’s promise of executive action leads to disappointment

    02/03/2014 7:21:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama may have raised expectations too high when he vowed last week to take unilateral action to get around Congress — since his speech he has been flooded with requests and complaints from some of his staunchest supporters wondering why he left their issues out of his executive to-do list. Immigrant rights advocates say he should have extended his existing non-deportation policy to cover all illegal immigrants, while marijuana advocates said he could follow through on his recent statements on pot by unilaterally taking the drug off the strictest tier of controlled substances. Gay rights groups said Mr. Obama...
  • Obama’s power play (Deeper and broader than you think)

    01/31/2014 11:57:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    In an FDA office building in suburban Maryland, the bureaucrats gather over coffee to draft rules meant to squeeze the trans fat out of snack foods. Four blocks from the White House, in an EPA conference room: more bureaucrats, more meetings, more drafting of rules, these aimed at forcing industrialists to spend billions cutting carbon to fend off global warming. Congress? Who needs Congress? Americans heard President Barack Obama declare this week that he intends to bypass the gridlocked Hill to get things done on his own. What they didn’t hear: just how far he’s actually pushing his executive authority....
  • Obama open to executive action on immigration

    01/31/2014 3:48:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/31/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Friday said that he believed immigration reform could pass in 2014, but cautioned that he would consider executive actions if House Republicans fail to act. “There are still some differences, and obviously, the devil is in the details. But it is my firm belief that we can get immigration reform done this year,” said Obama in a Google+ Hangout in which he took questions from the public. “Obviously, if at some point we see that it's not getting done, I'm going to look at options to make sure that we have a rational, smart system of immigration,”...
  • Paul Ryan: Obama presidency "increasingly lawless"

    02/02/2014 4:10:07 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-2-14 | Jake Miller
    Top House Republicans slammed President Obama’s embrace of executive action to move his agenda forward on Sunday, saying the president’s freelancing creates a trust deficit that makes bipartisan legislating more difficult. “We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don't write laws, Congress does,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told ABC. “Executive orders are one thing, but executive orders that actually change the statute, that's totally different.”
  • Will Obama’s pursuit of executive power backfire?

    02/02/2014 7:30:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In his State of the Union message on Tuesday, Barack Obama promised “a year of action,” inadvertently echoing Richard Nixon in both rhetoric and perhaps tone. Obama threatened that if Congress didn’t come along on his agenda, he’d take unilateral action to impose it instead. This has the potential to backfire on Obama, Stephanie Simon argues at Politico, by firing up the Republican base even more in a midterm election year: Obama’s use of executive power could come back to haunt him.Republicans in Congress, infuriated at being bypassed, are using every shred of authority they can muster to try to...
  • GOP wants to STOP (Stop This Overreaching Presidency) Obama

    02/01/2014 4:51:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | Jan 29, 2014 | Ginger Gibson
    A group of House Republicans is pushing a resolution to bring legal action against President Barack Obama for overstepping his authority in executive orders. The STOP (Stop This Overreaching Presidency) resolution, sponsored by Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), targets Obama for allowing a year extension health care policies that were ended because of Obamacare; delaying the employer mandate for one year; deferring the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children and waiving part of the welfare work requirement. “He’s got a pen and a telephone, it’s true, but we’ve got the Constitution,” Rice said on Wednesday. “The prosperity...
  • Big Business Joins Obama Effort to Aid Long-Term Unemployed

    02/01/2014 10:56:00 AM PST · by Innovative · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | Peter Baker
    President Obama has persuaded some of the nation’s largest companies, including Walmart, Apple, General Motors and Ford, to revise their hiring practices to avoid discriminating against applicants who have been out of work for a long time. The White House drafted a set of “best practices” to change employers’ screening processes and solicited individual companies to join the effort. Mr. Obama signed an executive memo on Friday instructing the federal government to abide by the same practices.
  • Holder Confirms Obama Ready to Use Executive Order on Guns ‘in Absence of Meaningful Action’

    01/31/2014 7:42:59 AM PST · by rktman · 134 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1/29/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today that President Obama is open to using an executive action to push through gun-control and/or associated mental health measures that haven’t found approval in Congress. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), one of the top proponents of new gun-control measures in Congress, noted that Obama only made a “very brief” reference to gun violence in his State of the Union address. “But I hope, and I hope you will join me in the view that the president remains completely committed to ending gun violence in this country, adopting common sense...
  • Jackson Lee on SOTU: ‘Executive Orders are Legal,’ Obama Acting ‘On Behalf of the American People’

    01/29/2014 2:21:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 29, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – In reference to President Barack Obama’s pledge, during his State of the Union speech, to advance his agenda on climate change and the minimum wage by executive order, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said “executive orders are legal” and that he is “acting on behalf of the American people.” At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Lee, “What about the Republicans criticizing the use of executive orders when it comes to climate change and minimum wage – his use of executive orders?” Rep. Jackson Lee said, “As I was saying, [the address] was appealing to...
  • Obama flexes executive power [Obama de facto suspends Constitution]

    01/28/2014 6:45:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/28/2014 | Amie Parnes and Justin Sink
    President Obama on Tuesday unleashed a torrent of new executive actions, using his State of the Union address to underline his willingness to govern without Congress.Obama promised a dozen actions in the next year —including the creation of new “starter” savings accounts and a hike in the minimum wage for federal contractors — intended to embolden Democrats ahead of this year’s midterm elections.The prime time speech from the podium of the House immediately drew Republican condemnation as an effort to create an imperial presidency, but was staunchly defended by Democrats as a legitimate and necessary use of executive authority in the...
  • Obama to lift minimum wage for federal contractors: White House (Dictatorship continues)

    01/28/2014 4:33:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 90 replies
    President Barack Obama will announce on Tuesday he is issuing an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federal contract workers with new contracts, the White House said.
  • White House’s Pfeiffer: Obama ready to take action with or without GOP

    01/26/2014 10:38:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Obama will use his State of the Union Address on Tuesday to outline “concrete, real, practical proposals” — even if Congress isn’t on board with each of them. Dan Pfeiffer said Mr. Obama’s go-it-alone message isn’t meant to be confrontational and that the president is willing to find common ground with Republicans, where possible. In two days, Mr. Obama will address Congress with his popularity numbers in negative territory. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/26/white-house-state-union-focus-action-obama-may-go-/#ixzz2rWzl278i Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Obama to outline new plans for jobless next week

    01/25/2014 2:50:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/25/14 | Roberta Rampton - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce a new plan next week to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs even as the economy recovers from recession, his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said on Saturday. Obama's efforts to help the long-term unemployed are part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday and expound upon during a four-state tour, Pfeiffer said in a mass email from the White House. "With some action on all our parts, we can help more job seekers find work, and more working...