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(CNN) – The fate of more than 50,000 children hangs in the balance at the border, and the President has made clear he wants to avoid any "political theater" over this humanitarian crisis.
Like, say, back-and-forth finger-pointing with Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who might just be angling for a run at the oval office himself.
"I said Mr. President take the action. I said put the onus on Congress, but you first have to act, that's what leadership is all about," Perry told CNN Wednesday.
"As I indicated to Governor Perry, you know, he suggested well maybe you just need to go ahead and act," Obama said. "And I had to remind him, I'm getting sued right now by Mr. Boehner apparently for going ahead and acting instead of going through Congress. Well, here's a good test case."
This crisis has thrown Perry back into the limelight. Is he jockeying for position in 2016 here?
Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden, and CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Kevin Madden tackle that topic, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's gun magazine veto, and Secretary of State John Kerry's guitar skills.
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