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Will Obama Issue Executive Action on Cap-and-Trade?

Inhofe. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Obama administration is refusing to make his final year in office as uneventful as Republicans would like. In fact, lawmakers expect executive action on everything from terrorist detention to campaign finance to environmental issues.  

One possibility is an executive action setting up a carbon cap-and-trade system, says Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla. President Barack Obama "has legacy things and he doesn’t have as much time as he would like to have,” Inhofe said in an interview. “Cap-and-trade and closing Gitmo, those are the things he wants to do.”  

White House Hits GOP's Legal 'Track Record' in Gitmo Standoff

Police remove protesters from the White House fence during a demonstration against the war in Afghanistan and torture in 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House is firing back at congressional Republicans who are threatening to sue should President Barack Obama use his executive authority to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, terrorist detention center.  

As the White House prepares to send Congress a plan to shutter the facility perhaps as soon as Friday, congressional leaders have dubbed it dead on arrival. The Obama administration continued Thursday refusing to rule out another option: Using an executive action to close the prison, citing the president’s war powers under Article II of the Constitution. Asked about Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain’s declaration Wednesday that such a move would be “unconstitutional,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest grinned and replied, “Gives you a sense of what we’re up against  even our friends on this issue are threatening lawsuits.”  

Obama Transcript: Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

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President Barack Obama on Friday addressed the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Here's the full CQ Roll Call transcript of his remarks in the Rose Garden:

Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Decision Caps Historic Week for Obama (Updated) (Video)

Marriage equality advocates demonstrate outside the Supreme Court Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:51 a.m. | Same-sex marriage will now be legal throughout the United States — putting another monumental exclamation point to President Barack Obama's presidency.  

Obamacare SCOTUS Win Sets Up Huge Week for Obama (Updated) (Video)

Obamacare supporters demonstrated outside the Supreme Court Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)