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After Second Attorney Quits John Boehner Can’t Find A Lawyer Who Will Sue Obama

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For the second time in two months, a law firm has dumped Speaker of the House John Boehner and refused to represent House Republicans in their lawsuit against President Obama.

Politico reported,

Attorney Bill Burck and the Quinn Emanuel firm halted preparations for the proposed suit in recent weeks, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Last month, the lawyer originally hired to pursue the case, David Rivkin of Baker Hostetler, made a similar abrupt exit.

A spokesman for Boehner declined to discuss the status of the House’s relationship with Burck and Quinn Emanuel. However, spokesman Kevin Smith said Wednesday evening that House leaders are considering having the lawsuit filed by lawyers already on the House payroll.

In other words, Boehner can’t find an outside attorney, so they are going to force the attorneys that are already on the House payroll to file the lawsuit.

Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded the news that another Boehner lawyer has quit, “Speaker Boehner cannot find a single lawyer in the entire country – even at $500 dollars an hour in taxpayer money – to file a lawsuit that is so totally devoid of any legal merit.”

The lawsuit is bogus that House Republicans can’t find decent legal representation for $500 an hour. There are lots of terrible lawyers who would be willing to file the lawsuit for that kind of money, but no law firm who values their reputation will touch it.

Any private law firm that would represent the House Republicans would be destroying their credibility. The lawsuit against the president has absolutely no legal merit, and Republicans may not be able to find a court that is willing to hear it. Even if House Republicans can find a court willing to hear it, the lawsuit is expected to be laughed out of court.

Instead of wasting taxpayer money on an outside firm, House Republicans will waste the time of those who are being paid by the taxpayers by forcing them to work on their lawsuit against President Obama.

The reason Boehner’s lawsuit hasn’t been filed is that he can’t find a law firm that is willing to take the case. Much like everything else that the House Republicans touch, Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama was full of talk, but completely lacking in action.

10 things you need to know today: October 28, 2014

The lava is slowly making its way to Pahoa, Hawaii. 

The lava is slowly making its way to Pahoa, Hawaii | (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

The Week

New Jersey releases quarantined Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox, creeping lava nears a Hawaii town, and more

1. Quarantined Ebola nurse allowed to leave New Jersey
New Jersey officials on Monday discharged a nurse, Kaci Hickox, who had been forcibly quarantined when she arrived at the Newark airport after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who had faced intense pressure to let Hickox, 33, leave the hospital, announced the news via Twitter. Hickox, who called the state’s quarantine policy “inhumane,” tested negative for Ebola. She returned home to Maine on Tuesday, and will be temporarily isolated at home under the state’s Ebola protocols. [USA Today, The Associated Press]

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2. Slow-flowing molten lava threatens Hawaiian village
Lava slowly flowing from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has crept to within 70 yards of the nearest home in the village of Pahoa, and could destroy it on Tuesday. The lava was moving at 20 yards per hour, and had already covered graves in a Buddhist cemetery. Residents in the village, where 50 or 60 homes and businesses are threatened, have been told to be ready to evacuate. The Red Cross has opened a shelter to accommodate evacuees. [The Washington Post]

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3. U.S. Army quarantines soldiers after Ebola response mission
The U.S. military has started isolating Army soldiers returning from Ebola aid work in West Africa. The Centers for Disease Control on Monday said that health workers who have treated Ebola patients should be monitored, but should not be quarantined unless they show symptoms. The leader of the U.S. response said doctors and nurses should not be turned into “pariahs.” Australia on Monday became the first Western nation to impose a visa ban on the countries affected by the outbreak. [Reuters]

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4. Investigators say school shooter lured victims with text
The Washington state school shooter texted his five victims to invite them to lunch before shooting them in the cafeteria, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said Monday. Gia Soriano, 14, died Sunday from a gunshot to the head, and Zoe Galasso, also 14, died on Friday, the day of the shooting. The gunman — identified as 15-year-old football player Jaylen Fryberg, shot himself in the head and died. The three other shooting victims are still hospitalized. Asked about a motive, Trenary said, “I don’t know the ‘why.'” [Los Angeles Times]

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5. Report found no legal grounds for GOP to sue Obama
A nonpartisan Congressional Research Service report concluded last month that Republicans haveno legal grounds for filing a lawsuit against President Obama for allegedly breaking laws with his policies. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republicans have accused Obama of violating the Constitution by making changes to ObamaCare after it was passed, among other alleged offenses. Boehner aides say he has not decided on the timing for filing the suit. [Washington Monthly, Politico]

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6. ISIS posts a new video showing hostage John Cantlie
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria released a new propaganda video on Monday in which a British hostage, photojournalist John Cantlie, gives a tour of the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border. In the clip, Cantlie criticizes the Western media’s reporting on ISIS’ battle for the mostly Kurdish city, saying that areas reported to be under Kurdish control were really in the hands of ISIS. Cantlie said foreign journalists were getting the story wrong because they were getting their news from “Kurdish commanders and White House press secretaries.” [The Washington Post]

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7. Church court clears pastor temporarily defrocked over gay marriage
The United Methodist Church’s highest court ruled Monday that the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a pastor temporarily defrocked last year for performing his gay son’s wedding, will be allowed to continue his ministry. The ruling was made on technical grounds, and did not signal an official acceptance of same-sex marriage by the nation’s second largest Protestant denomination. Still, Schaefer said, “This is definitely a step further down the road.” [Los Angeles Times]

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8. Prosecutors appeal Pistorius verdict and sentence
South African prosecutors plan to appeal double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius’ five-year sentence for shooting and killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, last year. Pistorius said he shot Steenkamp by mistake, thinking she was an intruder. Prosecutors said the judge misinterpreted the country’s legal definition of intent when she found Pistorius guilty of manslaughter instead of murder. Legal experts said there was no chance the appeal would result in Pistorius’ acquittal. [CNN]

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9. Researchers say BP oil spill left a “bathtub ring” in the Gulf of Mexico
The 2010 BP oil spill left a Rhode-Island-sized “bathtub ring” on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to new research. The study was conducted by UC Santa Barbara expert David Valentine, who was the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships. It concludes that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the sea floor around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig, which spilled an estimated 172 million gallons of oil. BP disputed the findings, saying the researchers “failed to identify the source of the oil.” [NBC News]

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10. Businessman John Tory elected to replace Rob Ford as Toronto mayor
Toronto voters on Monday elected lawyer, businessman, and civic booster John Tory to replace scandal-plagued Rob Ford as mayor of Canada’s largest city. Tory, 60, defeated Ford’s brother, Doug Ford, 40 percent to 34 percent. Doug Ford threw the race into turmoil when he replaced his brother on the ballot just before the Sept. 12 deadline. Rob Ford instead ran for city councillor in his old Ward 2 seat… and won. [The Star]

House GOP Hasn’t Actually Sued Obama Like It Said It Would

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Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) | AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Well, well, the more you know.  I just automatically assumed they did sue the POTUS since they made such a big deal when announcing the lawsuit…

TPM LiveWire

The planned lawsuit was announced this summer and, as Politico reported Friday citing lawyers close to the litigation, it was initially expected to be filed in mid-September.

The lawsuit now isn’t expected to be filed until after the elections, Politico’s sources said. One possible factor? It would have motivated Democratic voters to turn out at the polls.

An August poll found that 88 percent of Democrats said the litigation would make them more likely to vote for a Democrat in the upcoming election.

The lawsuit has also undergone some behind-the-scenes turmoil. As TPM reported on Sept. 19, the first private lawyer retained by Republicans to handle the lawsuit backed out under pressure from other clients.

Boehner’s office would not comment in detail Friday on the delay. “No decisions on timing at this point,” a spokesperson told Politico.

10 things you need to know today: July 31, 2014

Health workers treat an Ebola patient.

Health workers treat an Ebola patient. (AP Photo/Samaritan’s Purse)

The Week

House Republicans vote to sue Obama, the Peace Corps leaves West Africa over Ebola outbreak, and more

1. House GOP approves lawsuit against Obama
House Republicans voted Wednesday to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to file a lawsuitagainst President Obama for allegedly abusing his power with executive actions, including delaying parts of his signature health-care law. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold,” Boehner said. Obama called the move a “political stunt.” [The Washington Post]

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2. Peace Corps volunteers leave West Africa as Ebola spreads
The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it was pulling its 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 456 people in West Africa. The World Health Organization has confirmed more than 800 cases, although there could be as many as 1,200. “This epidemic is without precedent,” said Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders. [CNN]

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3. Second quarter economic growth jumps to four percent
The economy grew by an unexpectedly strong four percent annual rate this spring, according to government data released Wednesday. The rebound was fueled by robust spending by consumers and businesses rebuilding their inventories. The numbers marked a stark contrast with the first quarter, when harsh winter weather weighed on growth. [The Washington Post]

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4. Russia scoffs at new U.S. and European Union sanctions
Russia reacted defiantly on Wednesday to harsher new economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe over its support for Ukrainian separatists, saying the measures would only push it to strengthen its economy while worsening its relations with the West. Ukraine welcomed the measures and vowed to continue an offensive against the pro-Russian rebels. [The New York Times]

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5. Bank of American fined $1.3 billion over Countrywide loan program
A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay $1.3 billion in penalties over a mortgage program that Countrywide Financial ran. Insiders referred to the program as “the hustle.” It involved the fast-tracking of mortgage applications from August 2007 through May 2008, ending shortly before Bank of America bought Countrywide, so the parent bank is paying for mistakes made before it took over. [Los Angeles Times]

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6. Ex-IRS official said some conservatives were “crazies”
Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner referred to conservative talk radio hosts as “crazies” and “a**holes” in emails released Wednesday by House Republicans. The messages were part of a collection of evidence delivered to the Justice Department by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to support a GOP call for a special counsel to investigate the IRS’ Tea Party-targeting scandal. [Politico]

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7. Argentina misses a debt-payment deadline
Argentina defaulted on its debt when it missed a deadline for paying interest on $13 billion of restructured bonds on Wednesday after talks with bondholders failed. It was the second default in 13 years for the South American nation, which has $200 billion in foreign-currency debt, including $30 billion in restructured bonds. The court-appointed mediator in New York said the consequences were uncertain, “but they certainly are not positive.” [Bloomberg News]

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8. Economy gains 218,000 private-sector jobs
American companies hired 218,000 workers in July, falling slightly short of projections and the figure for June, according to a survey released Wednesday by private payroll firm ADP. It was the fourth straight month in which the U.S. gained more than 200,000 private jobs. Economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics said the figures indicated “a steadily improving job market” on target to “return to full employment by late 2016.” [Reuters]

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9. Netanyahu says Israel will destroy Hamas tunnels, even with a truce
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel would destroy all of the tunnels Hamas militants have used to launch attacks in Israel, “with or without a ceasefire.” Israel, which just called up another 16,000 reserves, has dismantled most of the 32 tunnels it has uncovered, and expects to demolish the rest within a few days. Neighboring Arab states, wary of Islamist groups like Hamas, are quietly siding with Israel over the Palestinians. [CBS News, The New York Times]

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10. George W. Bush writes his father’s biography
Former president George W. Bush is writing a biography of his father, former president George H.W. Bush, that will be released in November, Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The book, which does not have a title yet, will cover the elder Bush’s life and influence on his son, from their earliest campaign trips together to the younger Bush’s own two-term presidency. [The Associated Press]

Top Anti-Immigrant ‘Expert’ Says ‘Being Hung, Drawn And Quartered’ Is ‘Too Good’ For Obama

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Yes TFC friends…this sort of degradation of the Office and the man has occurred on a daily basis since 2008…

Right Wing Watch

A senior policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, which bills itself as the think tank of the anti-immigrant Right, told a Florida-based Tea Party group last week that President Obama not only deserves impeachment, but that “being hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him.”

The Center for New Community’s Imagine 2050 blog first reported on Stephen Steinlight’s remarks.

Steinlight also said that John Boehner’s lawsuit against the president is a “political loser” and claimed that while Obama deserves to be impeached, such an effort would backfire on Republicans.

CIS describes Steinlight as “one of the nation’s most insightful voices on immigration” who provides “expert testimony” for government panels.

A rash of opinion polls which have come out, not push polls, real polls, including one by Gallup that showed that 65 percent of the American people don’t want any part of an Obama-style immigration reform. But the idea of this [lawsuit] is vintage Boehner, it’s a political loser. There is no court that is going to stop Obama from doing anything. We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? I mean, I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him.

UPDATE (7/24): CIS now says that Steinlight has been “reprimanded” for his remarks:

When reached for comment, Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS, distanced the organization from Steinlight’s remarks.

“Steve was speaking figuratively and hyperbolically, obviously, for effect. In that respect his intemperate comments were similar to those who are often critics of President Bush, and I would say like those comments, they are ill-advised,” Camarota told The Huffington Post. “I would also say that the Center for Immigration Studies does not in fact support drawing and quartering the president.”

CIS officials also said Steinlight had been disciplined and instructed to avoid similar rhetoric in the future.

“I reprimanded him and put a reprimand in his personnel file,” said CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian.

CIS is an organization that advocates reducing immigration into the United States. Steinlight has said that Hispanic immigration would lead to the “unmaking of America,” and that Muslims should be banned from immigrating to the United States because they “believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution.”

“Steve sometimes has used impolitic language and I admonished him to choose his words more carefully in the future,” Krikorian said.

GOP’s George Costanza moment: The “Moops” doctrine and the war on Obamacare

GOP's George Costanza moment: The "Moops" doctrine and the war on Obamacare

John Boehner, Jason Alexander as George Costanza on “Seinfeld” (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/NBC)

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Republicans gloat over an Obamacare court case that poached its legal reasoning from “Seinfeld.” No joke…

The DC Circuit Court’s decision in Halbig v. Burwell came down yesterday, and in an anticipated but no less galling turn of events, a pair of Republican-appointed judges ruled that a single poorly worded snippet of the Affordable Care Act invalidates subsidies for people who purchased health coverage through the federal exchanges. Those exchanges were set up for the 36 states that declined to build their own exchanges, so the practical effect of the ruling would be to make health insurance more expensive for roughly 4.6 million people spread out across some of the country’s poorest states.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act point out that, the sloppily written language notwithstanding, the full text of the law clearly indicates that its drafters intended for the government to subsidize health plans purchased through the federal exchanges. These two judges, however, argued that a narrow reading of one out-of-context sliver of the bill trumps all, and ruled in favor of eviscerating the ACA and causing massive chaos in the insurance market. It’s the sort of thing that conservatives used to denounce as “judicial activism.” (A separate rulingyesterday from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the legality of the subsidies.)

I’ve been trying to figure out how to best characterize and/or mock the legal reasoning at play behind the Halbig decision, and I think it can be boiled down to one word: Moops.

I’m referring, of course, to George Costanza’s famous game of Trivial Pursuit against the Bubble Boy, in which Costanza tries to cheat his way out of losing by taking advantage of a misprint on the answer card: “Moops” instead of “Moors.”

“That’s not ‘Moops,’ you jerk. It’s Moors. It’s a misprint,” the Bubble Boy explains, accurately presenting the game manufacturer’s intent in spite of the minor technical error.

“I’m sorry, the card says ‘Moops’,  Costanza replies, adopting an absurdly narrow and nonsensical interpretation of the rules that furthers his own interests. It’s a pretty good match on the logic, and the happy coincidence that the situation pits a whiny, lying jerk against a person in need of substantial medical care only bolsters its relevance.

And that gets to the larger point: conservatives and Republicans are celebrating the fact that two judges indulged in some tortured legal logic in order to deny millions of people the subsidies that make their health plans affordable. The plaintiffs’ case in Halbig is a transparent attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, and the people cheering on that sabotage are signaling that they’re fine with a whole lot of collateral damage just so long as Obamacare takes a hit too.

That’s a morally dubious position to maintain. It’s also a tough sell politically. For a Republican politician in a red state, refusing to set up a state-based exchange was an easy choice to make – you could be on the right side of argument politically, and the feds would step in to make sure that no one in the state would miss out on the benefits. But if the subsidies were to disappear, those same politicians would suddenly find themselves in the position of having to actually do something to mitigate the damage. Brian Beutler writes at the New Republic:

If you’re a Republican senator from a purple Healthcare.gov state—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and others—you’ll be under tremendous pressure to pass the legislative fix. If you’re a Republican governor in any Healthcare.gov state, many thousands of your constituents will expect you to both pressure Congress to fix the problem, and prepare to launch your own exchange.

But because the ruling dealt with Obamacare, and because Republicans are ideologically bound to be in opposition to the law, there was no shortage of GOP legislators putting out statements supporting the Halbig ruling and, in effect, higher health costs and reduced access to health care. Some of them, like Ted Cruz, just put it right out there and said hooray for the end of “insidious” healthcare tax credits: “This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies.”

Speaker John Boehner put out a statement that didn’t make any actual sense. “Today’s ruling is also further proof that President Obama’s health care law is completely unworkable.  It cannot be fixed,” Boehner said, referring to a law that could be easily fixed by a small legislative tweak and is actually doing a pretty good job of providing health insurance subsidies. “Republicans remain committed to repealing the law and replacing it with solutions that will lower health care costs and protect American jobs,” Boehner continued, gliding right past the fact that the Republican Obamacare replacement “solutions” don’t actually exist.

The bottom line is that there are millions of people are newly and affordably insured courtesy of the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits, and they are generally happy with your coverage. And Republicans are celebrating that they could lose it all because two judges ruled that the card does, in fact, say “Moops.”

“What the hell, pal?” A letter to the editor from a friend of John Boehner’s

 

Daily Kos

A couple of days ago, John Boehner wrote an op-ed “Obama trampling Constitution” for our local paper.

Jerry Mouch, a friend who has known Boehner for over 50 years, wrote a letter to the editor in response that is worth every second of the 2 minutes it takes to read.

Mouch wrote:

You’ve got nothing more pressing to do than sue a president who was elected twice by the majority of voting Americans?You say “the majority of Americans are frustrated.” I agree, but not with this president. They’re frustrated with the childishness of those purporting to serve all the American people.

The majority of Republicans are frustrated. Sure, I get that. But everything shouldn’t come to a halt because you don’t control the White House.

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Here’s the Cincinnati Enquirer link for the full letter.

 

John Boehner Can’t Name One Example Of Obama Breaking The Law In 12 Paragraph CNN Op-Ed

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They keep overlooking the fact that President Obama is a constitutional lawyer so he will always make sure every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted with this congress.  Why do they keep assuming that President Obama is as dumb or dumber than they are?

PoliticusUSA

Speaker of the House John Boehner spent twelve paragraphs writing about why he must sue President Obama, but what was missing from his CNN commentary was any examples of Obama breaking the law.

Boehner wrote, “But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.”

That sounds dangerous, so what has the president done?

Boehner continued, “That’s why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.”

This is another allegation that the president has broken laws, but which laws did he violate?

The Speaker continued to ramble on without offering the slightest hint of specifics, “Even worse, the President’s habit of ignoring the law as written hurts our economy and jobs even more. Washington taxes and regulations always make it harder for private sector employers to meet payrolls, invest in new initiatives and create jobs — but how can those employers plan, invest and grow when the laws are changing on the President’s whim at any moment? I don’t take the House legal action against the President lightly. We’ve passed legislation to address this problem (twice), but Senate Democrats, characteristically, have ignored it.”

Was Boehner writing about Obamacare, the EPA rules on coal power plants, raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, immigration? Who knows? Speaker Boehner certainly doesn’t.

Speaker Boehner aimless drifts for a dozen paragraphs, thirteen if you count a one sentence paragraph which I didn’t, and he says nothing that everyone hasn’t heard Republicans accuse Obama of ever since the day that he first he took office.

The most revealing thing about Speaker Boehner’s CNN op-ed is the complete lack of evidence that it contains. Boehner couldn’t articulate a clear reason for suing the president much less a specific example that could be deemed worthy of a lawsuit. Every executive action that Obama has taken has decades or centuries legal precedent behind it. The Speaker has been trying to dodge the fact that he has no legal grounds to sue on.

Speaker Boehner has been working on this lawsuit for six months. Over the course of the past half year, House Republicans have not found a single instance where President Obama has broken the law. If Boehner had a specific example of the president breaking the law, he would be using it. The fact that he has been trying to whip Republicans into a frenzy over this lawsuit without telling them why they are suing the president speaks volumes about the merits of what Rep. Boehner is up to.

This lawsuit is a gimmick that is designed to distract Republican voters from the fact that in 2010 and 2012 Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare, but here we are in 2014, and not only is the ACA the law of the land, but it is more popular than ever. Republicans promised to shut down the government until they got their way, and failed. Failure is the defining characteristic of Boehner’s time as Speaker.

The years of Republican majority control of the House have been wrapped in failure. The lawsuit is nothing more than a shiny distraction. Benghazi didn’t distract. This IRS conspiracy flamed out, so all Boehner has left is an empty threat to sue the president.

Democrats are raising record sums of money while conservatives see through the gimmicks. Speaker Boehner has unleashed a backlash from all sides. Just like his CNN op-ed Boehner’s speakership has been full of bluster but ineptly lacking in action.

In other words, every time John Boehner brings up this lawsuit, House Republicans take another step towards losing in 2014.

Boehner Will Sue Obama For Stuff He Thought Was Totally Fine Under George W. Bush

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) |CREDIT: AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE

Think Progress

Business as usual for this do nothing congress…sue the POTUS for recess appointments he made because they were not doing the work they were elected to do…

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed Wednesday that he will file a federal lawsuit challenging the executive actions of President Barack Obama, despite supporting President George W. Bush’s extensive use of executive authority.

Boehner said at a news conference, “You know the constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws and in my view the President has not faithfully executed the laws.” He added that the suit was “about defending the institution in which we serve” because “what we’ve seen clearly over the past 5 years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch.” He refused to say which specific actions he believes to be illegal.

President Obama has issued about 180 executive orders — a power that has been utilized byevery president since George Washington except for the brief-tenured William Henry Harrison — and taken other executive actions. A Boehner spokesman denounced these as “a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy.”

But Boehner embraced the power of a Republican president to take action, even at times when he would circumvent Congress by doing so. President George W. Bush’s issuedhundreds of orders of his own over his eight years in office. In 2001 and 2007, Boehner strongly supported unilateral actions by Bush to prevent embryonic stem-cell research involving new embryos, saying the 2001 decision “preserves the sanctity of life and allows limited research that could help millions of Americans suffering from life-threatening diseases.” He endorsed a 2008 Bush executive order to limit earmarks. In the final days of Bush’s second term, he even wrote to the president asking him to use an executive order to exempt a historic steamboat from safety regulations after Congress opted not to do so.

Boehner even pushed for administrative compliance with one of President Obama’s executive orders. In 2010, he asked Obama for a progress report on implementation of an executive order banning taxpayer funding for abortion in Obamacare. In a letter to then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, he noted that the order had “paved the way” for the law’s passage and that the lack of update on implementation “does little to diminish widespread skepticism about the administration’s commitment to enforcing the Executive Order and preventing the law law from increasing federal support for abortion.”

While the president has limited power to act via executive order — the U.S. Supreme Court has even suggested that it would hold one of President Obama’s most controversial executive actions.

As of February, Obama had issued fewer executive orders than all but one of the other presidents since World War II.

 

 

Renegade dictator Obama not actually that much of a tyrant after all

Daily Kos

Chart showing executive orders issued by president, with Obama below average—and fewer than any recent president.

House Speaker Clown John Boehner isn’t saying exactly why it is that he’s planning on suing the president, but in general he says that the issue is that President Obama has usurped congressional power through executive action. As a result, the president is no longer “faithfully executing the laws of our country.”

So, at the 30,000-foot level, it’s a principled stand against a president engaging in an unprecedented expansion of executive authority. Except one little thing, notes Christopher Ingraham:

Back in February I analyzed the numbers on executive order frequency and found that Obama has actually been less likely to resort to the pen and phone than any president since Grover Cleveland.

And John Hudak of Brookings adds:

…claims that President Obama is issuing more than his predecessors is just flat wrong—and continues to be a talking point completely at odds with real data.

Fair point, but I doubt Boehner is listen