New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said on CBS's Face the Nation that "we have a democracy problem in this country." The liberal mayor blamed Republicans for the problem:
"We have democracy problem in this country," said de Blasio. "We have declining voter turn out. Secretary Clinton put forward a notion that we need a national strategy to energize voting again, to get people involved, obviously to address the many efforts that have been made by Republicans to repress voter involvement."
De Blasio ran Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign in New York. He has declined to endorse Clinton in her 2016 presidential bid.
During President Obama's tenure, religious Americans have been increasingly marginalized by an administration that can be intolerant or at least unaccomodating of beliefs that conflict with its policies, regulations, or legislative goals. Perhaps most notably, President Obama campaigned by expressing support for traditional marriage, more than once citing his Christianity as the basis for his position, a position he later "evolved" away from. This has not stopped the president, however, from invoking scripture in support of other items on his agenda.
The White House is now using the phrase "unlawful migration" instead of the more commonly heard phrase "illegal immigration." The new term is used in a readout of a phone call President Obama had yesterday with President Peña Nieto of Mexico.
The Obama administration has been under heavy criticism from foes and even some friends for selective enforcement of laws. Executive orders and executive actions have contradicted, delayed, or otherwise modified laws regarding same-sex marriage, immigration, and, most controversial in the last several months, the Affordable Care Act.
The American left loves Western European democracies for their cultural sensibilities and for their policies on everything from crime to health care. One policy area where you won’t hear American liberals cite the European example, though, is abortion.
President Barack Obama uses his weekly address to tout the immigration bill that's currently being debated in the Senate. "It’s a bill that would continue to strengthen security at our borders, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers, so they won’t have an unfair advantage over businesses that follow the law," Obama contends.
Yesterday, Congress passed a series of bills to promote gun control and mental health. Among other things, the bills aim to remove “unnecessary legal barriers…that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system,” to “give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun,” and to decide what things shall count as “essential health benefits” (including potential mental-health benefits) “within [Obamacare’s] exchanges.”
Of course, it wasn’t actually Congress that passed any of these things through the constitutionally prescribed legislative process.
A petition on the White House's website calls for charges to be filed against David Gregory for breaking Washington, D.C.'s gun laws. "Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C," reads the title of the petition: