Even if Congress votes down the agreement with Iran to drop sanctions in return for modest nuclear restrictions, and even if Congress over-rides a presidential veto of their resolution of non-support, President Obama could still implement much of the arrangement by Executive Orders. See how after the jump. [Read more…]
A federal appeals court struck down President Obama’s use of executive orders to implement his amnesty program for illegal immigrants. [Read more…]
A major priority for President Obama is the passage of the Pacific trade accord, a free trade bill that would open up markets in Asia. But a proposal to fast-track the treaty–allowing a single up-or-down vote, rather than risking death by a thousand amendments–was defeated in the Senate. All but one Republican took the President’s side, but all but one Democrat voted against him. The measure fell short of the 60 votes it needed. Lots of interesting issues here, which I raise after the jump.
UPDATE: A deal seems to have been struck that will give the bill another shot.
A federal judge stopped President Obama’s executive order that certain of the nation’s immigration laws not be enforced. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit by 26 states. The stay is temporary, pending the outcome of the case. The White House said that it would appeal. [Read more…]
Tonight, President Obama will give the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST. The previews suggest that the president will put forward a number of liberal fantasies–raise taxes, offer free community college–that have absolutely no chance of passing in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate.
But let’s see what he has to say. Feel free to live-blog the speech here by commenting on it as it unfolds. [Read more…]