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Well. That was awkward.

Right after Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) vehemently denied that he was gunning for impeachment with his lawsuit against the President, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) insisted that Boehner should stop the “theater”, calling his lawsuit a “show” that will waste millions of taxpayer funds.

No, it’s not that Jones is against a partisan witch hunt. It’s not that Jones is pulling for his party to find some measure of sanity. Oh, no. His suggestion is that Boehner should just impeach the President.

According to The Hill, Jones said, “Why not impeach instead of wasting $1 million to $2 million of the taxpayers’ money? … If you’re serious about this, use what the founders of the Constitution gave us.”

This came out on the day that Republicans are voting on their “lawsuit” (aka, Get Out the Vote project), which the Republican lawmaker from North Carolina has just made sure you know is going to cost you between $1-2 million dollars. Jones used to be a Democrat when he was first elected back in 1982. He switched parties in 1994 and used a picture of his opponent jogging with Bill Clinton to rile up the anti-gay sentiment at the time.

Just yesterday Boehner said it was a scam for Democrats to claim Republicans wanted to impeach the President. And yet, as I detailed yesterday, there has been a steady drumbeat by Republicans for impeachment and it comes from the same folks who managed to get the Republican Party to shutdown the government. It’s not as if they aren’t running the show.

Furthermore, PoliticusUSA’s Jason Easley busted Boehner in a massive lie as he made the “scam” charge:

Rep. Boehner claimed that the impeachment talk was started by the president and Democrats, only it wasn’t. Back in January, Boehner hinted at impeachment, “We’re just not going to sit here and let the President trample all over us. This idea that he’s just going to go it alone, I have to remind him we do have a constitution. And the Congress writes the laws, and the President’s job is to execute the laws faithfully. And if he tries to ignore this he’s going to run into a brick wall.”

In May 2013, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) claimed that President Obama could be impeached for Benghazi. During an August 2013 town hall, Rep. Blake Farenthold admitted to constituents that House Republicans are aching to impeach the president. In October 2013, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) threatened to impeach the president if the country defaulted. InJune 2014, the South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution that called for Obama to be impeached. Sarah Palin claimed that God wants President Obama impeached.

The list of Republican calls for Obama impeachment is endless, so it is a ridiculous lie for Boehner to claim that Democrats are behind the impeachment talk.

Poor John Boehner. He can’t even control the press his caucus gives, let alone the bills they kill or their government shutdowns.

Here’s an idea for the Republicans. Instead of wasting $1-2 million on a meritless lawsuit against the President and instead of trying to impeach him for acting like he’s president, why don’t Republicans actually do something that will give them something to run on – give people a reason to vote for them besides hate.

In the meantime, Representative Jones has done the public a service by reminding them that they are footing the bill for Republicans’ political desperation.

 

Ms. Jones is a Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Since joining Politicus in February of 2009, Sarah has been quoted by Talking Points Memo, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, The Richard Dawkins Foundation and more. Sarah co-hosts Politicus Radio with Jason Easley and is the political correspondent for KPTR 1450′s California Woman 411, hosted by Dee Jae Cox. Sarah is an award-winning producer with a background in TV/Film (TV host, news anchor, producer writer) and a member of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA and SPJ. Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Psychology minor in Latin. She spends her free time dancing (ballet) and horseback riding (English).

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Steve Stockman Says Fellow Republicans Call Lois Lerner is a "Word That …

Malzberg_StockmanWhile President Obama was in Kansas yesterday, telling Republicans to “Stop being mad all the time. Stop, Stop. Stop just hatin’ all the time,” Republicans were busy…well, hatin’.

Obama told a crowd of 1,500 in Kansas City, ‘They’re not happy that I’m president, but that’s OK. Come on!” And he gestured as though to encourage Republicans to the table.

But, Tea Bagger Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was too busy running to Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg in New York City to call former IRS official Lois Lerner, a 2006 Bush appointee, a “b*tch.” That’s right. He said his fellow Republicans call her a “word that rhymes with witch.”

Well, they said some things about jail and a word that rhymes with witch sometimes to me.

And by God he wants to arrest her for it, and because she’s a word that rhymes with witch he’s pretty sure his House buddies go along with him.

You will remember that Stockman has already introduced a resolution calling for the arrest of Lois Lerner on the grounds that the House will not be mocked! But now he plans to have it done before the House recesses in 12 days.

Watch the interview courtesy of Newsmax:

You see, Stockman, playing along with Boehner’s new meme that impeachment is a Democratic scam, told Malzberg that he almost let himself get trapped by Obama into impeaching him. Instead of doing what Obama “wants” and in the process making his party look bad (I think it is too late for that) he is going to arrest Lois Lerner, because she has been, he says, “insolent,” and “in no way compliant.” Moreover, she then had the nerve to declare her Fifth Amendment rights under the Constitution. How dare anyone appeal to the Constitution! Not on his watch!

Republicans are so furious with Lois Lerner that Darrell Issa has even lied about Lois Lerner – oh wait, he lies about everything – and Fox News was surprised by facts – oh wait, that’s nothing new either – and Darrell Issa was still so mad he turned off a Democrat’s mic in a huff and fled the room, something a third grader might do. But again, he’s acted like a third grader before.

And somehow, we are meant to believe, arresting her on top of all that won’t make the GOP look bad?

So it’s not that Obama hasn’t “done impeachable offenses” he says, though he can’t say exactly what those offenses are, but Obama has some Jedi mind trick that caused Republicans to want to impeach him so they’d look like idiots (they don’t need any help there) and so he could raise money.

“Obama’s begging to be impeached,” Stockman almost whined, and is “trying to use people like myself.” But there isn’t enough time to do it before the election, Stockman told Malzberg. There is enough time, however, to “issue an arrest warrant for Lois Lerner.”

When asked by Malzberg on what the arrest warrant would be based, Stockman answered,

She’s already in contempt of Congress. If we don’t act on any order of contempt then it becomes meaningless. If you’re a judge and you come before a judge and he says ‘You are held in contempt,’ and then he says ‘Oh by the way, just go home,’ then getting honest answers before a jury or before Congress becomes relatively hard to do when you know there are no ramifications for your actions.

He says that neither Boehner nor Obama can interfere with it, nor can Reid in the Senate. He just needs a simple majority on the House floor. “If we did arrest her she would be in jail until the end of the year and then the new Congress would have to issue a new arrest warrant.” Unless she chose to cooperate, that is.

Everybody jokes about having [her] serve here in the House — someone told me there’s still a prison here; I don’t know, it’s probably full of books and other things.”

You can see how well-thought out this plan is by the fact that Stockman has no idea where Lerner would be held if she were arrested. A storeroom or closet perhaps? But the details don’t matter (do they ever to Republicans?). He says, basically, that she’s easy prey, unlike Obama, and that’s why he knows his scheme will work.

If this sounds like something you’d hear in the third grade, it is. And that’s who we have running loose in the U.S. House of Representatives. A bunch of men with the minds of pre-adolescent children. Unfortunately, unlike third-graders, these Republicans have the power to destroy the country they seem to detest.

Article source: https://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/31/steve-stockman-republicans-lois-lerner-word-rhymes-witch.html

House Passes Resolution to Authorize Lawsuit Against Obama Alleging He …

The House voted Wednesday evening to authorize civil legal action against President Barack Obama for his failure to implement Obamacare as it was passed by Congress.

The 225-201 vote means Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), can immediately begin work on filing legal action against Obama. Boehner spoke on the floor just before the vote, and said the resolution is needed so the House can defend the Constitution against Obama’s attempt to ignore and even re-write portions of duly enacted law.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?” Boehner asked. “Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?”

“Think not only about the specifics of the oaths you took, but think about how you took it, as one body, standing together,” he said. “That’s all I’m asking you to do today — to act as one institution to defend the Constitution on behalf of the people that we serve.”

The GOP has argued for the last few years that Obama has failed to uphold the law in a number of areas, either by ignoring it or selectively enforcing parts of it.

“The president has waived work requirements for welfare recipients, unilaterally changed immigration laws, released the Gitmo Five without properly notifying Congress, which is the law, and ignored the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” House Rules Committee Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said.

The resolution approved Wednesday only allows the House to file a suit against Obama over his decisions to Obamacare. While some Republicans were hoping for a broader authority to allow suits on other issues, Sessions said Republicans believe their best chance of success in the courts is to focus on Obamacare.

Obama has unilaterally delayed several portions of Obamacare over the last few years, including the employer mandate to offer health insurance. Republicans have opposed these actions in part because they didn’t give Congress a chance to provide its input into the change, and in part because of suspicions that some delays were political in nature, and were meant to boost Democrats in the 2012 election.

Democrats have tried to ignore those aspects of the delays, and have instead argued that the lawsuit makes no sense because Obama is delaying parts of a law that Republicans oppose.

“It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans want to sue the president for not enforcing a law that they want to repeal,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during floor debate. “How ironic.”

But Republicans said the issue is much broader than just the implementation of Obamacare, and gets to the heart of how Congress and the White House need to work together under the Constitution.

“Without enforcement of the law, there cannot be accountability under law, and political accountability is essential to a functioning democracy,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodatte (R-Va.).

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) added that opponents of the health law want to see if fully enforced so it can be shown how harmful it is to the economy, which would help build support for its repeal. “The best way to end a bad law is to enforce it strictly,” he said.

Democrats have also argued that Republicans are using the lawsuit as a possible springboard to impeaching Obama. Hoyer said some GOP leaders have not ruled out impeachment proceedings, although Boehner said Tuesday that the GOP has “no plans to impeach the president.”

Sessions further dispelled the idea of impeaching Obama by saying the House impeached former President Bill Clinton because he committed a felony — lying to an FBI agent and a federal grand jury. But Obama’s failure to implement the laws does not rise to a felony, which means impeachment is not the appropriate remedy.

“So for the gentleman to suggest that this is going to lead to [impeachment] is simply not true,” Sessions said.

Article source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/30/boehner-gets-his-lawsuit-against-obama/

Boehner Blasts Reid, Won’t Allow ‘Immigration Reform’ on Border Bill


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Speaker John A. Boehner vowed the House would not allow the Senate to add any “comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act” to the House’s $659 million border bill Tuesday.

“Senator Reid, embarrassed that he cannot strong-arm the Senate into passing the blank check President Obama demanded, is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement aimed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after Reid suggested he could add immigration to the border bill.

“So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion,” he said. “Nor will we accept any attempt to add any other comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act, to the House’s targeted legislation, which is meant to fix the actual problems causing the border crisis. Such measures have no place in the effort to solve this crisis, and any attempt to exploit this crisis by adding such measures will run into a brick wall in the People’s House.”

Boehner also slammed Obama.

“While the White House has abandoned all pretense of governing and the Senate is doing almost nothing to address our struggling economy, Republicans remain committed to addressing the American people’s priorities, and that includes passing a responsible bill this week to help secure our border and return these children safely to their home countries.”

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Boehner Blasts Reid, Won’t Allow ‘Immigration Reform’ on Border Bill


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Speaker John A. Boehner vowed the House would not allow the Senate to add any “comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act” to the House’s $659 million border bill Tuesday.

“Senator Reid, embarrassed that he cannot strong-arm the Senate into passing the blank check President Obama demanded, is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement aimed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after Reid suggested he could add immigration to the border bill.

“So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion,” he said. “Nor will we accept any attempt to add any other comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act, to the House’s targeted legislation, which is meant to fix the actual problems causing the border crisis. Such measures have no place in the effort to solve this crisis, and any attempt to exploit this crisis by adding such measures will run into a brick wall in the People’s House.”

Boehner also slammed Obama.

“While the White House has abandoned all pretense of governing and the Senate is doing almost nothing to address our struggling economy, Republicans remain committed to addressing the American people’s priorities, and that includes passing a responsible bill this week to help secure our border and return these children safely to their home countries.”

Related:

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House Passes Resolution to Authorize Lawsuit Against Obama Alleging He …

The House voted Wednesday evening to authorize civil legal action against President Barack Obama for his failure to implement Obamacare as it was passed by Congress.

The 225-201 vote means Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), can immediately begin work on filing legal action against Obama. Boehner spoke on the floor just before the vote, and said the resolution is needed so the House can defend the Constitution against Obama’s attempt to ignore and even re-write portions of duly enacted law.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?” Boehner asked. “Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?”

“Think not only about the specifics of the oaths you took, but think about how you took it, as one body, standing together,” he said. “That’s all I’m asking you to do today — to act as one institution to defend the Constitution on behalf of the people that we serve.”

The GOP has argued for the last few years that Obama has failed to uphold the law in a number of areas, either by ignoring it or selectively enforcing parts of it.

“The president has waived work requirements for welfare recipients, unilaterally changed immigration laws, released the Gitmo Five without properly notifying Congress, which is the law, and ignored the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” House Rules Committee Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said.

The resolution approved Wednesday only allows the House to file a suit against Obama over his decisions to Obamacare. While some Republicans were hoping for a broader authority to allow suits on other issues, Sessions said Republicans believe their best chance of success in the courts is to focus on Obamacare.

Obama has unilaterally delayed several portions of Obamacare over the last few years, including the employer mandate to offer health insurance. Republicans have opposed these actions in part because they didn’t give Congress a chance to provide its input into the change, and in part because of suspicions that some delays were political in nature, and were meant to boost Democrats in the 2012 election.

Democrats have tried to ignore those aspects of the delays, and have instead argued that the lawsuit makes no sense because Obama is delaying parts of a law that Republicans oppose.

“It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans want to sue the president for not enforcing a law that they want to repeal,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during floor debate. “How ironic.”

But Republicans said the issue is much broader than just the implementation of Obamacare, and gets to the heart of how Congress and the White House need to work together under the Constitution.

“Without enforcement of the law, there cannot be accountability under law, and political accountability is essential to a functioning democracy,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodatte (R-Va.).

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) added that opponents of the health law want to see if fully enforced so it can be shown how harmful it is to the economy, which would help build support for its repeal. “The best way to end a bad law is to enforce it strictly,” he said.

Democrats have also argued that Republicans are using the lawsuit as a possible springboard to impeaching Obama. Hoyer said some GOP leaders have not ruled out impeachment proceedings, although Boehner said Tuesday that the GOP has “no plans to impeach the president.”

Sessions further dispelled the idea of impeaching Obama by saying the House impeached former President Bill Clinton because he committed a felony — lying to an FBI agent and a federal grand jury. But Obama’s failure to implement the laws does not rise to a felony, which means impeachment is not the appropriate remedy.

“So for the gentleman to suggest that this is going to lead to [impeachment] is simply not true,” Sessions said.

Article source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/30/boehner-gets-his-lawsuit-against-obama/

Boehner refuses to say ‘impeachment is off the table’

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3 reasons John Boehner opted to sue Obama rather than impeach

In a near party-line vote, House Republicans on Wednesday approved 225 to 201 a resolution to sue President Obama or other administration officials for actions “inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution.”

Translation: Republicans accuse the president of executive overreach – exceeding his constitutional powers and unlawfully going around Congress.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calls the lawsuit “perilous and meritless.” President Obama dismissed it as a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said during a speech in Kansas City, Mo., earlier in the day.

Some Republicans, such as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, want the House to go further and impeach the president. A CNN poll last week shows that the majority of Republicans favor impeachment. So why would House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio opt for a lawsuit instead of impeachment?

Here are three reasons why:

A lawsuit is less disruptive. The 1998 impeachment of President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice over the Monica Lewinsky scandal plunged Washington into a political crisis, dominated the headlines and kitchen table discussions for months, and cost the nation political stature on the world stage.

No “true conservative” should support impeachment “because that destabilizes the government,” Rep. Peter King (R) of New York told The Huffington Post earlier this month. A lawsuit is the “responsible” thing to do, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Wednesday.

When Nancy Pelosi (D) of California was speaker of the House, she faced pressure to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush for the war in Iraq. “I did not want to go down that path because of what it would mean for the American people,” she recalled at a press conference earlier this month.

A lawsuit has a better chance of success. Rather than throw a bucketful of complaints at the president – from failure to enforce immigration laws to overreach on greenhouse gas regulations – Republicans have narrowed their focus to the president’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

They believe this gives them a better chance of success, although many legal experts argue that the House has no legal standing to sue, because it’s hard to show how it, as an institution, has been harmed by the president’s actions. “The courts usually stay out of this kind of dispute,” wrote Paul Rothstein, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, in an e-mail when the suit was announced in June.

Still, the chance of success at a lawsuit beats the odds of removing the president from office, which is the point of impeachment. Yes, the GOP-controlled house could impeach Mr. Obama, but the Democrat-controlled Senate would never find him guilty or remove him from office. Even a GOP-controlled Senate acquitted Mr. Clinton in 1999, and he stayed in office.

Besides, would Republicans prefer a President Biden to a President Obama? The vice president is next in line should anything happen to the president.

A lawsuit is better politics.  The GOP base may favor impeachment, but a majority of Americans do not. Republicans can keep their base happy – and also cool down a boiling tea party – without suffering the political risk associated with impeachment.

Those who were around during Clinton’s impeachment – such as Mr. Boehner – remember that Democrats picked up five House seats in elections that year. That vote went against historic trends in which the sitting president’s party usually loses seats in midterm elections.

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3 reasons John Boehner opted to sue Obama rather than impeach

In a near party-line vote, House Republicans on Wednesday approved 225 to 201 a resolution to sue President Obama or other administration officials for actions “inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution.”

Translation: Republicans accuse the president of executive overreach – exceeding his constitutional powers and unlawfully going around Congress.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calls the lawsuit “perilous and meritless.” President Obama dismissed it as a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said during a speech in Kansas City, Mo., earlier in the day.

Some Republicans, such as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, want the House to go further and impeach the president. A CNN poll last week shows that the majority of Republicans favor impeachment. So why would House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio opt for a lawsuit instead of impeachment?

Here are three reasons why:

A lawsuit is less disruptive. The 1998 impeachment of President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice over the Monica Lewinsky scandal plunged Washington into a political crisis, dominated the headlines and kitchen table discussions for months, and cost the nation political stature on the world stage.

No “true conservative” should support impeachment “because that destabilizes the government,” Rep. Peter King (R) of New York told The Huffington Post earlier this month. A lawsuit is the “responsible” thing to do, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Wednesday.

When Nancy Pelosi (D) of California was speaker of the House, she faced pressure to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush for the war in Iraq. “I did not want to go down that path because of what it would mean for the American people,” she recalled at a press conference earlier this month.

A lawsuit has a better chance of success. Rather than throw a bucketful of complaints at the president – from failure to enforce immigration laws to overreach on greenhouse gas regulations – Republicans have narrowed their focus to the president’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

They believe this gives them a better chance of success, although many legal experts argue that the House has no legal standing to sue, because it’s hard to show how it, as an institution, has been harmed by the president’s actions. “The courts usually stay out of this kind of dispute,” wrote Paul Rothstein, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, in an e-mail when the suit was announced in June.

Still, the chance of success at a lawsuit beats the odds of removing the president from office, which is the point of impeachment. Yes, the GOP-controlled house could impeach Mr. Obama, but the Democrat-controlled Senate would never find him guilty or remove him from office. Even a GOP-controlled Senate acquitted Mr. Clinton in 1999, and he stayed in office.

Besides, would Republicans prefer a President Biden to a President Obama? The vice president is next in line should anything happen to the president.

A lawsuit is better politics.  The GOP base may favor impeachment, but a majority of Americans do not. Republicans can keep their base happy – and also cool down a boiling tea party – without suffering the political risk associated with impeachment.

Those who were around during Clinton’s impeachment – such as Mr. Boehner – remember that Democrats picked up five House seats in elections that year. That vote went against historic trends in which the sitting president’s party usually loses seats in midterm elections.

Article source: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/0730/3-reasons-John-Boehner-opted-to-sue-Obama-rather-than-impeach