Checks and Balances

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CLIP: Immigration Executive Action Decision
Alan Gomez talked about a Texas federal judge’s decision to temporarily block President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which will give 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit to permanently stop the orders.
February 17, 2015 : 9 min. 6 sec.

CLIP: U.S. Strategy Against ISIS
Kevin Baron talked about U.S. and international efforts against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). He also talked about the administration’s new national security strategy presented by National Security Adviser Susan Rice the previous day and the president’s expected request for a congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force against ISIS.
February 9, 2015 : 8 min. 29 sec.

CLIP: Attorney General Nomination Hearing
Todd Ruger previewed the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
January 29, 2015 : 5 min. 2 sec.

Speaker Boehner (R-OH) on Immigration
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) criticizes President Obama's executive action changing current immigration policy, saying such changes should come from Congress.
November 21, 2014 : 4 min. 23 sec.

CLIP: Republican Control of Congress
President Obama discussed the pending Republican-controlled Congress and executive actions. Guests Gail Russell Chaddock and Jackie Kucinich also discussed presidential veto power and the math involved in overriding vetoes.
November 6, 2014 : 3 min. 54 sec.

CLIP: Lame Duck Session
Sen. Jerry Moran on the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, possible action on an appropriations Bill, and possible confirmation of officials nominated by the Executive Branch.
November 6, 2014 : 1 min. 15 sec.

CLIP: Secret Service Oversight
Representative and Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) delivered his opening statement at the hearing on Secret Service protocols in response to a September 19, 2014 security breach at the White House. In the incident Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled a White House fence, ran across the North Lawn, and entered the executive mansion.
September 30, 2014 : 6 min. 32 sec.

CLIP: Supreme Court Vacancies and Nominations
Constitutional attorneys and scholars discuss the possibility of vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the politicization of the nomination process.
September 23, 2014 : 5 min. 38 sec.

CLIP: President Ford and the Nixon Pardon
John Robert Greene talked about why President Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, and considered the existence of a deal between the two men.
September 6, 2014 : 4 min. 35 sec.

The Living Constitution vs Originalism
Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Scalia discussed their views on interpreting the Constitution.
September 4, 2014 : 4 min. 1 sec.
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