Get ready for Washington fireworks. President Obama is pushing ahead with an aggressive agenda despite the huge losses by Democrats in the Midterm elections. Fox News first reported a massive immigration policy overhaul expected early next week via executive order. The President will make millions of illegal immigrants legal with the stroke of a pen. The President also this week announced a huge global warming deal with China, and the White House has indicated it will veto legislation expected to pass the House today that would immediately authorize the long-delayed Keystone pipeline.
Here's how the Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler puts it, "Executive action on immigration -- and the GOP response to it -- could undercut post-election vows from both parties to work together on policy, including trade and corporate taxes. Immigration has quickly emerged as a sore point between the White House and the GOP."
The New York Times notes a defiant President Obama with Peter Baker and Julie Hirschfield Davies writing, "President Obama emerged from last week's midterm election rejected by voters, hobbled politically and doomed to a final two years in office suffering from early lame-duck syndrome. That, at least, was the consensus in both parties. No one seems to have told Mr. Obama.
In the 10 days since ''we got beat,'' as he put it, by Republicans who captured the Senate and bolstered control over the House, Mr. Obama has flexed his muscles on immigration, climate change and the Internet, demonstrating that he still aspires to enact sweeping policies that could help define his legacy."
Speaker of the House John Boehner says he will fight the President "tooth and nail" on immigration. Republicans are outraged, and are threatening everything from a government shutdown to lawsuits to even impeachment. The Washington Post writes, "Republicans are also considering ways of striking back outside the legislative arena. Among the options on the table: broadening the federal lawsuit that Boehner is planning to file over Obama's executive orders to include his action on immigration, or possibly initiating a second complaint in court."
Republican Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma told the Washington Post, "The president's trying to pick some fights, and he'll hope we'll overreach."
President Obama wrapped up a trip to Burma this morning and heads for Australia next. In a news conference, the President said he is willing to work with the new Congress on issues like tax reform and infrastructure spending.. That's likely to be small comfort.
Open enrollment under Obamacare begins tomorrow. The White House not making the huge star-studded push they did last year, but President Obama will use his radio address tomorrow to remind voters about the opportunity to get health care. This afternoon we get details on premiums for 2015 plans. The Administration is promising smoother web sites and help enrolling. They recently lowered expectations for enrollments. The GOP is planning to attack the bill again, and an important Supreme Court case could end up hurting it too next Summer.
We get retail sales numbers for October today.. look for signs of increased consumer spending.. which could give the economy a boost. The Dow hit *another* new record yesterday. Let's see if we can keep up what's been a long roll for the markets.
Another Ebola patient is being imported into the United States. He is a doctor who'd been working in Sierra Leone. He'll likely end up at an infectious disease facility in Nebraska.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. is going to need to spend billions of dollars on nuclear weapon infrastructure as a national review found some pretty disturbing issues.
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