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Friday Flashback: Obama in Texas, congressional recess and more




US President Barack Obama waits for a meeting with business leaders in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House on July 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.
US President Barack Obama waits for a meeting with business leaders in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House on July 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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For today's look at the week's news we're joined by David Gura, Washington reporter for Marketplace, and James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times

The President went down to Texas this week, where Republicans and some Democrats pressed him to visit the border, but he declined. The administration tried to portray the trip as a way for Mr. Obama to get out of the Beltway Bubble and connect with people. 

Critics say he's failing to act, failing to show leadership, just failing. The President's plan was to take action on immigration reform and blame Congress for failing to do so. But now we have this flood of children coming across the border, and that's changed things, hasn't it?

What about this decision not to go down to the border. That has some of his critics comparing him to George W. Bush after Katrina. 

Some of the President's supporters have pointed out that many of the critics who are chiding him for failing to take action also were outraged when he said he'd sidestep Congress, and unilaterally change immigration policies. So, what gives?

Next week the House of Representatives will begin considering filing a legal case against the President, claiming he's abused his executive power.  What's the basis for this lawsuit, and how might this play out?

The Congress is coming up on a long summer recess. Other than talking about suing the President, what else are they expected to accomplish?

Let's move now to the economy. The numbers all seem to be moving in the right direction, but there was a survey this week showing that small business owners are having a hard time finding people with the right skills.  

In the world of political books, "Blood Feud," a controversial account of battles between the Clintons and the Obamas appears to have pushed Hillary Clinton's book, "Hard Choices," off the top of the best-seller list.  

We talked earlier about Donald Sterling, who's been in court challenging his wife's right to sell the family-owned Clippers.