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Republicans claim the President has created a “constitutional crisis” by exceeding his authority with last night’s executive order to protect five million illegal immigrants from deportation. He says he’s only doing what other presidents have done before. We hear about political eruptions from the White House to Capitol Hill.

Also, House Republicans sue the Obama Administration over the Affordable Care Act. And, is your webcam or your baby monitor really secure?

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Claire Martin
Benjamin Gottlieb

House Republicans Sue Obama Administration over Health Law 6 MIN, 30 SEC

House Republicans are already striking back at what they call abuse of executive power. Today, they sued the Obama Administration for presidential actions they say violated the Affordable Care Act.  Elise Viebeck covers the politics of health care for The Hill, which focuses on the Senate and Congress.

Guests:
Elise Viebeck, The Hill (@eliseviebeck)

President Obama Goes It Alone 34 MIN, 21 SEC

In last night’s speech to the nation, President Obama announced executive action to protect up to five million undocumented workers from deportation. Saying that the Senate had passed “common sense” immigration reform, he faulted House Republican leaders for refusing to allow an up or down vote on the measure – and challenged them to pass new legislation. But, even though the GOP will control both houses of Congress, they’re focused on attacking the President’s action rather than unifying behind such legislation.

This morning House Speaker John Boehner accused the President of “deliberately sabotage(ing) any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms he claims to see…and damaging the presidency itself."

We hear about the legality of the executive order and what it could mean for the next two years of a lame duck in the White House.

Guests:
Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal (@laurameckler)
Kamal Essaheb, National Immigration Law Center (@NILC_org)
Matthew Dowd, ABC News (@matthewjdowd)
Jacob Vigdor, University of Washington (@JakeVigdor)

More:
Meckler on Obama’s moves to overhaul immigration
NILC call for executive order to be followed by Congressional action
Washington Post poll on Americans' attitudes about immigration
NBC/WSJ poll on opposition to Obama’s executive action on immigration
Pew Research Center on unauthorized immigrants in the US, 2012
Senator Ted Cruz on Obama's granting of 'amnesty'
Senator Jeff Sessions reacts to Obama's executive action on immigration

How Hackers Can Watch You through Your Webcam 9 MIN

Webcam technology can connect you with loved ones or colleagues across the country or around the world, but it also can be an easy target for hackers who can spy on your every move and profit from advertising. A website in Russian is streaming feeds from webcams with lax password security — violating the privacy of many people who are plugged in.  The operators claim they’re warning users their cameras aren’t secure, but the site is festooned with advertisements. Avi Rubin is Professor of Computer Science and the Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Guests:
Avi Rubin, Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University (@avirubin)

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