A couple weeks ago, the editors of The Nation published this essay urging President Obama to use his executive authority to "push a progressive agenda." The essay discussed 20 policies on the environment, the economy, civil rights, workers' rights, and other topics both domestic and international that the authors believe that the President can, and should, adopt without congressional approval. And, yesterday, the Washington Post addressed the same subject here, explaining that the President is considering unilateral action on a broad array of topics, and noting the executive actions he has already taken on immigration, gun violence, and student loans. Here's an excerpt:
President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues. One of the first orders is expected this week, when the Obama administration will call for the creation of new standards on what critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer systems from hackers. ... These and other potential actions suggest that Obama is likely to rely heavily on executive powers to set domestic policy in his second term.