Anyone who thinks congressional Republicans will roll over on the debt ceiling or gun control or other pending hot-button issues hasn't been paying attention.
But the President can use certain tools that come with his office -- responsibilities enshrined in the Constitution and in his capacity as the nation's chief law-enforcer -- to achieve some of his objectives.
On the debt ceiling, for example, he might pay the nation's creditors regardless of any vote on the debt ceiling -- based on the the Fourteenth Amendment's explicit directive (in Section 4) that "the validity of the public debt of the United States ... shall not be questioned."
Or, rather than issue more debt, the President might use a loophole in a law (31 USC, Section 5112) allowing the Treasury to issue commemorative coins -- minting a $1 trillion coin and then depositing it with the Fed.
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