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Earlier this week President Obama said that if Congress won’t pass sweeping immigration reform, he’d start doing it himself. It wasn’t the first time that Obama has decided to go it alone. He’s taken executive action on a number of policies and issues, from gun control to climate change to the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl. Republicans are fed up. They say Obama is acting like a “tyrant” and a “king.” And House Speaker John Boehner has come up with a plan: Sue the President. Does the Boehner camp have a leg to stand on? Is the speaker making an end-run around the far right’s call for impeachment proceedings?

Also, a suspect in the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi is set to remain in custody without bail. Plus, there’s a lot of plastic trash in the ocean, so why suddenly can’t scientists find it?

Banner Image: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to speak about immigration reform in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Benghazi Suspect to Remain in Custody Without Bail 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Federal prosecutors say the militia leader charged in connection with the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has corroborated key details about the incident that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. According to a court document filed by the Justice Department, Ahmed abu Khattalah voiced opposition to the US presence in Libya in the days before the attack. Today, a federal judge ordered abu Khattalah held without bail. Jonathan Allen is the Washington Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News.

Guests:
Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal (@DevlinBarrett)

Is the White House Overstepping Its Bounds? 35 MIN, 42 SEC
This week President Obama said that if Congress won’t pass sweeping immigration reform, he’d take executive action and do it himself by sending resources to help fix the border crisis. This wasn’t the first time that Obama has decided to go it alone in the face of Congressional obstinance. He’s taken executive action on a number of policies and issues including major ones like gun control, marijuana laws, climate change and the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl. Republicans are calling Obama a “tyrant” and a “king.” Now House Speaker John Boehner has a plan: it’s simple -- sue the President. But what exactly would he sue Obama for, and what does he expect to accomplish? Are Obama’s executive actions a sign of over-reach or a last-ditch solution to obstructionism?

Guests:
Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News (@jonallendc)
Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law (@JoshMBlackman)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation (@KatrinaNation)

Plastic in the Ocean - Where Has It All Gone? 7 MIN, 34 SEC

Cups, bags, bottles and drinking straws, many of these single-use plastics end up in the ocean. But according to a new study, it’s not exactly clear how much of this kind of plastic trash is out there in the depths, and what is happening to it. This week, the National Academy of Sciences reported that a team led by Spanish researchers have found that 99% of the debris they expected to find in the ocean simply wasn’t there. So, where did it go? Peter Davison, a marine biologist at the Farallon Institute in Petaluma, California, joins us.

Guests:
Peter Davison, Farallon Institute

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