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With just two years left in the White House, President Obama is promising "interesting stuff," despite Republican dominance of Capitol Hill.  Prospects include compromise when it's possible, the veto power and "executive action" when it's not.

Also, a judge allows same-sex marriages to start in Florida, and after losing his fortune and spending 10 years in prison, former Russian oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky is advocating a "revolution" to depose Vladimir Putin. Is anyone listening?

Photo: President Obama expresses his dismay at comments from a Republican member of Congress discussing the administration's policy in Syria. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Evan George
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Judge Allows Same-Sex Marriages to Start in Florida 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Miami-Dade today became the first county in Florida to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Tomorrow, the rest of the state will be able to follow suit. This morning, state Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a legal stay on a sweeping decision she made last July — declaring a voter-passed ban on same-sex unions discriminatory. Andrew Koppelman is a professor of law at Northwestern University.

Guests:
Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University (@NorthwesternLaw)

More:
Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops response to the 'redefinition' of marriage in Florida

Same Sex, Different States

Andrew Koppelman

President Obama Says, "I'm Not Done" 34 MIN, 39 SEC

With Republicans controlling the Senate as well as the House, the President will tour the country this week, taking credit for economic improvement. He’ll preview themes from his State of the Union speech in an all-out effort to resist becoming a lame duck during his last two years in office. We hear what he has to boast about and look at the unfinished business he may try to accomplish -- on Capitol Hill or, more likely, by “executive action.” How does he look compared to past presidents as their terms in the White House were beginning to run out?

Guests:
Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico (@IsaacDovere)
David Cay Johnston, Daily Beast / Investipedia / USA Today (@DavidCayJ)
Douglas Brinkley, Rice University (@ProfDBrinkley)
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin College (@rudalev)

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David Cay Johnston

Could an Exiled Russian Oligarch Be Planning a Revolution? 8 MIN, 44 SEC

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once the richest oligarch in all Russia, but running afoul of Vladimir Putin cost him the Yukos Oil Company — and 10 years in prison.  Now, he's trying to start a revolution from exile. Julia Ioffe is a Russian-America journalist and well-regarded critic of Vladimir Putin. Next week's issue of the New Yorker magazine features her extensive interview with Khodorkovsy who now lives in Switzerland.

Guests:
Julia Ioffe, New Yorker magazine (@juliaioffe)

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