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ouse Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) (Photo: House GOP via Flickr)

Republicans Pressed To Block Obama Housing Actions

Add affordable housing to the list of issues over which Republicans are going to war with the White House.

February 5, 2015
Obama 10-19

Obama Administration Rules Target For-Profit Colleges

Find out how the Obama administration is protecting vulnerable students.

October 30, 2014
Rand Paul

Does Rand Paul Want To Repeal All Executive Orders? Depends When You Ask

Does Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) want to repeal the Emancipation Proclamation? It depends on when you ask him. Senator Paul raised the subject during a Thursday night appearance in Manchester, New Hampshire. During a question-and-answer session with Republican activists, a young man reportedly asked Paul, “If you were to receive the presidency, would you repeal […]

September 15, 2014
US Capitol

Democrats’ Warnings Of GOP Government Shutdown Aren’t Backed By Facts

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Democrats are accusing Republicans of planning to shut down the federal government, though the charge is based largely on a fight over immigration that’s now very unlikely to happen this month and though no leading Republican is talking seriously about seeking to shutter the government. The Democrats’ […]

September 4, 2014
Obama

Would Immigration Action Help Or Hurt Obama’s Party This Fall?

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — One question that Washington appears unable to easily answer is whether President Barack Obama’s intention to use executive action to change immigration law would help or hurt his party in the midterm election. At the moment, the conventional wisdom is of two minds. On one hand is […]

September 1, 2014
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Obama’s Executive Order Rights A Wrong

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times Little noticed in coverage of President Barack Obama’s signing of the Fair Play and Safe Workplaces executive order July 31 was a provision that has been called “one of the most important positive steps for civil rights in the last 20 years.” The statement comes from Paul Bland of […]

August 14, 2014
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There Isn’t That Much Action In Obama’s ‘Year Of Action’

By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama boasts about his “year of action,” the 40-plus executive actions he’s taken this year to push past a gridlocked Congress in order to help struggling Americans. But for all his strong rhetoric — not to mention the reaction of the right, warning of an […]

July 21, 2014
Obama

President To Advance Pay Equity Through Executive Orders

Advancing the fight for pay equity, President Barack Obama will sign two executive orders this week meant to close the persistent wage gap between women and men. The first measure would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with each other. The executive action would protect employees – usually women – who discover […]

April 7, 2014
President Obama attends the Democratic Governors Association Meeting - DC

Obama’s Unfulfilled Challenge

WASHINGTON — Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chávez and wants to seize dictatorial control. This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, […]

February 24, 2014

5 Reasons The GOP Should Commit ‘Suicide’ And Pass Immigration Reform Now

Republicans are in search of an excuse to do nothing about immigration reform and leave 11 million undocumented workers toiling in the shadows. The centrist excuse for doing nothing comes from The New York Times‘ Ross Douthat, who points out that immigration remains a low priority for voters, even Latino voters. Providing any form of […]

February 3, 2014
Jon Meacham

WATCH: Jon Meacham Offers The Worst Criticism Of Obama’s Executive Orders

During a Thursday morning appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham offered an incredibly silly criticism of President Obama’s plan to use executive orders to advance his agenda, when he picked two of the worst possible examples to “prove” his point that such a move would be unprecedented. “We make fun of […]

January 30, 2014
State Of The Union 2014

Obama Tells Congress: Help The Poor, Or I Will

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama looked to revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday, outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the widening gap between rich and poor. In his annual State of the Union address, Obama called for a “Year of Action,” saying that he wants […]

January 28, 2014

Newt Gingrich — Still Running — Outlines New Contract With America

Newt Gingrich seized the Speaker’s gavel of the House in 1995 after touting a “Contract with America” across the country in 1994. Running for president this year, he saw his campaign implode over the summer when most of his advisors and consultants jumped ship — many went to Rick Perry’s nascent campaign. But despite those […]

September 28, 2011