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Competence questions threaten Obama's executive push

President Obama will unveil a slate of executive actions in his State of the Union address Tuesday just as questions about competency plague his White House.

It's a challenge -- asking Americans to let his administration take the lead after a series of self-inflicted setbacks -- that could imperil confidence in Obama's 2014 agenda before it even gets out of the gate.

Much of the blowback leading up to Obama's prime-time speech has centered around the idea of executive overreach, that the president is simply sidestepping another branch of government to get what he wants.

Yet, Obama has a more burning question that he must answer Tuesday: Is his administration capable of delivering on his progressive blueprint for a self-professed “year of action?”


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