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Will Obama Issue Executive Action on Cap-and-Trade?

Inhofe. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Obama administration is refusing to make his final year in office as uneventful as Republicans would like. In fact, lawmakers expect executive action on everything from terrorist detention to campaign finance to environmental issues.  

One possibility is an executive action setting up a carbon cap-and-trade system, says Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla. President Barack Obama "has legacy things and he doesn’t have as much time as he would like to have,” Inhofe said in an interview. “Cap-and-trade and closing Gitmo, those are the things he wants to do.”  

White House: Congress Should Be Subject to FOIA (Updated)

Chaffetz has been pressing to improve the administration's response to FOIA requests. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:34 p.m. | FOIA for thee, not for me.  

The White House wants Congress to subject itself to FOIA requests — but doesn't want the same level of sunshine to apply to the West Wing. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest appeared to have a preplanned quip at the ready Tuesday when asked about oversight hearings into the administration's handling of FOIA requests.  

Obama Waves Off Third Term
'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.  

How Much Will the War Against ISIS Cost? It Depends.

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The ISIS war might cost U.S. taxpayers tens of billions. Or it might not. At this point, the White House still isn't releasing an approximate figure.  

CQ Roll Call asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at today's press briefing if he had a ballpark estimate, and he didn't have one handy. The Office of Management and Budget hasn't provided one yet either — we've been asking.  

Issa Offers White House a Deal on Simas

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House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa is offering to allow top White House political adviser David Simas to testify via deposition instead of in a congressional hearing.  

With Issa planning a vote Friday to reject the administration's claim of absolute immunity from congressional subpoena for Simas if he again fails to show up to honor the subpoena, Issa's latest offer loosely tracks previous subpoena fights between House Democrats and the George W. Bush administration.  

Bill Clinton Had Secret Meeting With Obama in Oval Office May 1

Obama and Clinton (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama met secretly with former President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office May 1 — a meeting revealed to the public months later by a photo released by Pete Souza, the official White House photographer.  

The meeting wasn't put on the president's public schedule, and the White House hasn't issued a readout.  

Secret Hillary Clinton Lunch Update: Jay Carney Doesn't Tell All

Journalists argue they should be informed when Obama has private meetings. Here was Obama's huddle with Clinton in 2009. (Photo via WhiteHouse.gov Flickr account)

Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended President Barack Obama's right to meet secretly with people of his choosing, blaming the lack of transparency about a lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday in part on timing.  

Just after the president announced Carney is stepping down from his post, Carney told reporters he understood the interest in the lunch, but declined to detail the internal deliberations on why it was kept off of the public schedule. His only admission was the lunch was put together late.