The New York Times examines how Obama is using his executive powers as he faces a Congress blocking many of his initiatives.” But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts ‘We Can’t Wait,’ a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy standards, curbing domestic violence and more. Each time, Mr. Obama has emphasized the fact that he is bypassing lawmakers. When he announced a cut in refinancing fees for federally insured mortgages last month, for example, he said: ‘If Congress refuses to act, I’ve said that I’ll continue to do everything in my power to act without them.’”
“New state laws designed to fight voter fraud could reduce the number of Americans signing up to vote in this year's presidential election by hundreds of thousands, a potential problem for President Barack Obama's re-election bid,” Reuters writes. “Voting laws passed by Republican-led legislatures in a dozen states during the past year have sharply restricted voter-registration drives that typically target young, low-income, African-American and Hispanic voters - groups that have backed the Democratic president by wide margins.”
The White House is torn on how to respond to the Secret Service scandal, the New York Times says.
“A USA Today survey of economists finds that "despite the headwinds of higher gas prices and Europe's financial crisis" they think the U.S. economy will grow faster than expected this year,” Political Wire writes.
Sen. Joe Manchin continues to be Joe Manchin. He said he’s undecided between President Obama, the leader of his party, and Republican Mitt Romney. What’s Obama’s approval rating in West Virginia again? Oh yeah.
A new book out by Robert Draper finds that the White House’s cold shoulder of Anthony Weiner (after officials found out he’d been sexting with an underage girl) was the beginning of the end for the former New York congressman, the New York Post says.