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El País - Spain | 17/12/2014

Lame duck Obama picking up speed

Since it became clear that without a majority in both houses of Congress US President Barack Obama must govern as a "lame duck", he has taken some important decisions, the left-liberal daily El País comments: "The thaw in relations between Washington und Havanna marks the end of one of Democrat Barack Obama's most productive months since he moved into the White House in 2009. ... The three decisions - climate change, immigration reform and Cuba policy - have something in common: they are unilateral actions, presidential decisions without a majority in Congress. Obama has made the most of the little leeway an oppositional Congress leaves him to make policies and to prove what another Democrat before him, Lyndon B. Johnson, said shortly before passing the civil rights laws: the presidency can sometimes be useful."

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