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Monday, February 11, 2013

President Reportedly Ready To Challenge Congress

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Lansdowne, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Lansdowne, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Climate change, gun control, gay rights, immigration law – those are all expected to be part of the agenda President Barack Obama outlines tomorrow when he delivers the State of the Union address before Congress.

The big question is how to get a divided Congress to go along it.

Democrats close to the president say he’s feeling emboldened by his election victory and will use the address to issue a challenge to the Republican party to join him.

White House senior advisor Dan Pfieffer has said that if Congress won’t act, the White House will take the actions it can on its own.


  • Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News and co-host of the the network’s political webcast, “Top Line.” He tweets @rickklein.

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  • Ansapphire

    One of them actually worked.  We cut spending and the economy contracted in the last quarter.  The reduce taxes policy has never worked.  Only when taxes where at 70 – 90 percent and that was an extreme case.

  • PoliticsWatcher

    President Obama got his tax increases?  That’s entirely backwards.  The GOP got its tax cuts made permanent (except on the top 2%).  And now 3 months later they want more tax cuts.

    The GOP is the enemy of the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

    “President Reportedly Ready To Challenge Congress”

    Would you argue with a man who believes he has a legal right to execute you and the means to do it?

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyFroggg Johnny Frog

    I would hope the President would work on his political bridge building to get things done.  From all indications, the President doesn’t appear to feel comfortable with people outside his own small circle.  In the midst of a journalisticly embarrassing  “60 Minutes” interview, a telling exchange was illuminated when the President was asked:

    Steve Kroft: “How would you characterize your relationship right now?”
    President Obama: “I consider Hillary a strong friend.”
    Secretary Clinton: “I mean, very warm, close. I think there’s a sense of understanding that, you know, sometimes doesn’t even take words because we have similar views.”

    “doesn’t even take words…” ?!  In other words….he doesn’t even talk to his own Secretary of State too often.  How about a little more talking and a little less politicking.

  • Chickcole

    The State of the Union is…… suspect. We need to rein in our debt to China and put a firm clamp on China’s infiltration into our web infrastructure! 

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