Let Me Start: Obama’s end-around Congress

President Obama speaks at the Brandenburg Gate on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
President Obama speaks at the Brandenburg Gate on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
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President Obama is using the power of the executive branch to outline the most ambitious plan ever proposed by a president to combat the effects of climate change. In a speech today at Georgetown University, President Obama will put forth a series of executive actions, including setting limits on carbon pollution from power plants. And none of his proposals will require action by Congress, which has shown an unwillingness to do anything on climate change, or most of the president’s other proposals for that matter.

The Internal Revenue Service released documents that show liberal groups looking for tax-exempt status were also targeted. Words like “progressive” and “occupy” were in the instructions in the IRS’s ‘be on the lookout’ lists, along with “Tea Party” and “patriot”. And that raises serious questions about how Republicans have been portraying what happened at the IRS. But why has it taken so long for this to come out?

Some Republicans are blaming House Speaker John Boehner for enabling the right-wing fringe of his party for their extreme remarks on social issues.

Voters in Massachusetts go to the polls in the special election for Senate between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez. Will turnout be dampened by the Boston Bruins’ defeat last night in the Stanley Cup final?

Where’s Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker? The mystery deepens, and the Russian foreign minister says that - despite reports - Snowden never crossed into Russia.