Obama’s Second Term: More Congress End-Run?

photo credit: adam glanzmanA big unknown for President Obama’s second term is whether he will find a way to work with Congress or continue to push the limits of executive power.

The clearest signal may come before the year-end fiscal cliff: Obama said Friday he was “open to compromise,” but insisted on tax hikes on the rich. That may hurt chances for cooperation.

Obama’s last two years butting heads with the GOP House led him to increasingly focus on executive branch actions that cut Congress out of the loop.

Some analysts predict another end-run soon with a recess appointment that would open the door to principal write-downs on government-insured mortgages.

Two moves, in particular, this year have stretched executive power and touched off disputes as to whether Obama had exceeded his constitutional authority.

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