Can Barack Obama Go It Alone in His Second Term?

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In his fifth State of the Union address last night, President Obama asked a divided Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. But he also conceded that a divided Congress is not likely to embrace his agenda. This morning, Congress stayed in Washington long enough to pass a Farm Bill, before House Republicans headed for a working retreat to talk about immigration reform behind closed doors. The President got into campaign mode — at a Costco in Maryland -- repeating last night's promise that if Congress doesn't make this "a year of action," he will. Get ready for more from the Bully Pulpit, as the President tries to achieve familiar objectives before he becomes a "lame duck." We hear what he can do with executive orders — and what requires Congressional action, including immigration reform.

 

Credits

Guests:
Jim Tankersley - New York Times - @jimtankersley, Julian Zelizer - Princeton University - @julianzelizer, Norman Ornstein - American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic - @NormOrnstein, Susan Ferrechio - Washington Examiner - @susanferrechio

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Evan George, Gideon Brower