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Obama Climate Plan Pitch Falls on Deaf Ears in GOP

Obama warned world leaders on Monday that they were among the last to be able to solve climate issues. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates are expected to put the Obama administration's portion of a multicountry plan to slash carbon emissions through a political wringer, putting in doubt its funding and fate.  

The juxtaposition on climate policy between President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was clear Monday. Obama warned world leaders at a climate conference near Paris they are the “last” ones who can address the “problem.” McConnell took to the Senate floor to call Obama’s plan to cut U.S. emissions unfair to middle-class Americans and “likely illegal.”  

White House Wants Currency Enforcement Bill (Video)

The White House called Thursday for Congress to send President Barack Obama a currency enforcement bill — an issue that has added urgency given the roiling of financial markets after China devalued the yuan.  

Asked about China's recent devaluation, Press Secretary Josh Earnest called on Congress to reconcile differences between House- and Senate-passed currency bills. Those provisions could be used to counter currency manipulation from other countries, not just China, Earnest said.  

Chris Christie Slams 'Done Nothing' Republican Congress

Christie said the GOP Congress has "done nothing." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — languishing in the polls amid the Donald Trump surge — trained his fire on the Republican Congress Wednesday, saying they had "done nothing" this year.  

In an appearance on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt's program , Christie took aim at Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and sought to tar the Republican senators running for office with the same d0-nothing brush. Asked whether Boehner and McConnell should capitulate to the White House's demands for Planned Parenthood funding and other spending, Christie launched into a broad indictment of Republican leadership:

White House Brushes Off Fast-Track Failure As Temporary 'SNAFU' (Updated)

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Updated 2:32 p.m. | The White House is brushing off what is now expected to be the imminent filibuster  of President Barack Obama's fast-track bill on the Senate floor, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest blaming a "procedural SNAFU" for Democrats planning to vote en masse to block it. The expected vote could deal a devastating blow to Obama's ambitious trade agenda, and amounts to perhaps the biggest rebuke of this president by his own party.  

But Earnest said Tuesday the president will continue to try and push fast-track authority through the Senate even after pro-trade Senate Democrats indicated they wouldn't back the bill unless several bills — including one on currency enforcement — would move forward.  

'Looser' Obama Riffs on Taxes, Trade, Regulations, Immigration, GOP

From left: Deutsche Bank Chief executive Jacques Brand, President and CEO of Convergys Andrea Ayers, President and CEO of Dell Michael Dell, listen to President Barack Obama at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable. (Getty Images News)

President Barack Obama is starting to open up, six years into the job.

Indeed, the remark itself would never have been made public under the old White House policy of kicking out the press for the all-important Q&As the president regularly has with business leaders and donors. The president spoke at length on a host of issues from trade to taxes to working with Republicans.  

Senators to Obama: Do Something About Hong Kong

Wicker and a bipartisan group of senators want Obama to act on Hong Kong. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:23 p.m. Oct. 10 | A bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum — from Elizabeth Warren and Patrick J. Leahy to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — wants President Barack Obama to speak out and act to support Hong Kong's democracy movement.  

They don't specify exactly what they want Obama to do — they say "demonstrable, meaningful steps" — but note that a 1992 law "authorizes you to suspend trade and economic provisions should Beijing not provide sufficient autonomy for Hong Kong."