The president’s plan, which came under immediate fire from Republicans, is just the opening salvo in a battle that has become a symbol of congressional dysfunction, partisanship and poor relations between Capitol Hill and the White House.
The Justice Department is examining state and local police for possible racial profiling, but an inspector general’s report turned the same spotlight on one of DOJ’s own Drug Enforcement Administration.
With their ranks severely depleted and with no control over the chamber’s agenda, they are now the most tangible symbols of the party’s recent electoral defeats. And the wreckage has made discussions about the future difficult and divisive.
President Obama praised outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base-Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., saying Hagel's greatest impact has been his own "example."