My Segment on Public Radio International “To the Point” About Executive Action Lawsuit

July 2nd, 2014

You can listen here. I was joined by Jonathan Allen (Bloomberg News), Norm Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute), and Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation).

Is the White House Overstepping Its Bounds? 35 MIN, 42 SEC
This week President Obama said that if Congress won’t pass sweeping immigration reform, he’d take executive action and do it himself by sending resources to help fix the border crisis. This wasn’t the first time that Obama has decided to go it alone in the face of Congressional obstinance. He’s taken executive action on a number of policies and issues including major ones like gun control, marijuana laws, climate change and the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl. Republicans are calling Obama a “tyrant” and a “king.” Now House Speaker John Boehner has a plan: it’s simple — sue the President. But what exactly would he sue Obama for, and what does he expect to accomplish? Are Obama’s executive actions a sign of over-reach or a last-ditch solution to obstructionism?Guests:
Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News (@jonallendc)
Josh Blackman, Southern Texas College of Law (@JoshMBlackman)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation (@KatrinaNation)