Best of the Week 1/31/14

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | January 31, 2014 | 3:29 PM EST

It’s time for a look at the stories that made the Best of the Week.

State of Executive Orders

President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address this week, where he talked a lot about using executive actions to accomplish his goals.

The comments likely came as no surprise to White House Adviser John Podesta. Podesta told NPR that President Obama has "warmed up" to using executive authority, and when he believes "he has the authority" to "make progress" without action by Congress, he will do it.

A Not-So-Clear Plan

Minimum wage, the environment, even retirement security are all things President Obama plans to take executive action on.  A plan he laid out not-so clearly on Wednesday as Obama explained his strategy for dealing with Congress using three "nots" and a "without."

Oval Office Monarch

When asked about President Barack Obama’s references to issuing executive orders on climate change and the minimum wage during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said the president is acting like a monarch.

Executive Action Spray - Cuts Through Congress

If someone could just bottle up the power of Obama's executive actions and put in a spray they would make a lot of money.

Wild, Wild, West

Former Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) responded to allegations that the Tea Party is racist and gave a verbal dressing down to a former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

If you have a chance, check out West’s appearance on ‘The Kelly File’ last week.

Intern-al Problems

The Employment Policies Institute is reporting that 96% of Democrats who support measures to increase the minimum wage - don't pay their interns.

The abstract of the EPI study noted that "the same Members of Congress who are supporting a 40% wage hike on private sector employers are simultaneously failing to provide any wages to their own employee interns."

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