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.
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."
Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for attorney general, said she does not agree with Obama's views on marijuana legalization saying, "It is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization."