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Stephen Colbert Asks Nancy Pelosi If She Has Naked Pictures Of John Boehner

Nancy Pelosi returned to “The Colbert Report” on Monday night to push her agenda of equal pay for women, a higher minimum wage, affordable childcare and infrastructure investment — and that got host Stephen Colbert wondering just how she plans to get any of it through Congress.

“Do you have naked photos of John Boehner doing something?” Colbert asked. “And if you do, is the tan uniform?”

Pelosi said House Democrats are planning to get it all passed by winning the midterm elections with a new initiative called “Middle Class Jumpstart.”

Colbert: When will you start jumping on the middle class?

Pelosi: We’re jumping for the middle class.

Colbert: Are you going to raise taxes on guys like me who make millions of dollars a year? Are you going to raise taxes on me?

Pelosi: Let’s talk about this. What we have is to stop giving tax breaks to corporations that are shipping jobs overseas, instead give tax breaks to keep good paying jobs here.

Colbert: You know I’m a corporation. That’s attacking me. I’m a corporation, and this entire show is written in Malaysia.

For the full interview, watch the clip above first, followed by the clip below.

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House Speaker John Boehner wants to sue Obama

Let me see if I’ve got this right.

Speaker of the House John Boehner and the Republican controlled-House have voted more than 50 times to try to halt implementation of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Now they want to sue the president for failing to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” or in other words, not implementing the Affordable Care Act in a timely fashion.

If these actions weren’t so costly and a waste of time, they would be laughable. As it is, it is a sad commentary on the priorities of Republicans in Congress. As a comedian once said, “What a country.”

Art Williams


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5 Reasons Why John Boehner’s Anti-Obama Lawsuit Is A Terrible Idea

By Igor Volsky
July 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm Updated: July 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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5 Reasons Why John Boehner’s Anti-Obama Lawsuit Is A Terrible Idea


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House Republicans are holding a hearing on Wednesday over whether to sue President Obama for unilaterally delaying the employer responsibility provision in the Affordable Care Act in an effort to challenge what they see as his administration’s lawless use of executive authority. The lawsuit will come after the administration twice delayed the provision — which requires employers with more than 50 employees to pay a fine if they don’t offer affordable quality coverage — citing complaints from firms that claimed they wouldn’t be ready to meet its requirement by 2014.

And while the lawsuit may be “uniting House and Senate Republicans” and filling up the GOP’s campaign coffers, it is unlikely to bear fruit for House Republicans in court. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The GOP may not have standing to file suit. A plaintiff who files a lawsuit must have been injured in some way by the person that they are suing. But neither House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) nor any other member of Congress has been injured by the delay.

2 Conservative legal scholars have dismissed the suit. Ironically, the GOP’s own star witness in favor of the lawsuit , Elizabeth Price Foley, a law professor at Florida International University, once argued that its success is unlikely. “When a president delays or exempts people from a law — so-called benevolent suspensions — who has standing to sue him?” she wrote in the Daily Caller. “Generally, no one. Benevolent suspensions of law don’t, by definition, create a sufficiently concrete injury for standing. That’s why, when President Obama delayed various provisions of Obamacare — the employer mandate, the annual out-of-pocket caps, the prohibition on the sale of ‘substandard’ policies — his actions cannot be challenged in court.”

Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith predicted, “The lawsuit will almost certainly fail, and should fail, for lack of congressional standing. “Former Bush Department of Justice prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has also described the suit as “either untrue or abject nonsense.”

3. The lawsuit would implement Obamacare sooner. Obama initially postponed the employer responsibility provision until 2015 in July of 2103, arguing that the Treasury Department has “transition relief” authority to delay provisions of new law. In February of this year, the administration announced that companies with 50 to 99 employees will have until 2016 to extend insurance to their employees, while larger businesses with 100 or more workers can avoid paying a fine if they offer health care to at least 70 percent of their workers next year, and cover 95 percent of their workers in 2016.

But should Republicans win their lawsuit, the provision would be implemented sooner — over the objections of businesses and the GOP itself, which has repeatedly voted to repeal the law. It is also unlikely that the Supreme Court would reach a final decision on his case until June 2016, months after the employer mandate is supposed to go into effect anyway.

4. When the delay was first announced GOP didn’t think it was illegal. Republicans did not immediately question the legality of the postponement. Instead, the GOP called on Obama to also delay the individual mandate and vowed to take another vote on the matter.

“Is it fair for the president of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health care law’s mandate without giving the same exemption to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair,” Boehner told House Republicans. “We should be thinking about giving the rest of America the same exemption that Obama last week gave businesses.” In a letter to Obama, Boehner even admitted that the employer mandate “cannot be implemented within the current time frame.” The party has referred to the provision as a “jobs killer” and has sought its repeal.

5. Most Americans oppose the effort. A survey released on Monday by Americans United for Change found that 51 percent of voters don’t believe the lawsuit is legitimate and 56 percent believe it to be wasteful.

Even some conservatives have rejected the effort. editor-in-chief Erick Erickson, has called the lawsuit “a political stunt wasting taxpayer dollars” that is “designed to incite Republican voters who might otherwise stay home.”

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A Bad Sign For Boehner as Judge Throws Out Senator’s Obamacare Lawsuit

A Bad Sign For Boehner as Judge Throws Out Senator’s Obamacare Lawsuit

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Here is the reason why Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit is likely to go nowhere. A federal judge in Wisconsin threw out an Obamacare lawsuit by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) because the senator lacked standing.

The judge wrote:

First, there is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court. In fact, given the Constitution’s parsimonious grant of judicial authority, just the opposite is true. As the Supreme Court has observed, “[o]ur system of government leaves many crucial decisions to the political processes. The assumption that if respondents have no standing to sue, no one would have standing, is not a reason to find standing.”

In sum, the fact that the allegations advanced in this action might be difficult or even impossible to pursue in federal court for any other plaintiffs does not mean that these Plaintiffs have suffered the kind of injury that could give rise to standing.

Sen. Johnson was challenging an Obama administration rule that allowed congressional staffers to get subsidies while signing up for Obamacare. The judge in the case, William Griesbach, a 2002 Bush appointee warned Johnson that standing can’t be based on his own subjective views.

The judge’s refusal to hear the merits of the case is a case sign for Boehner and his lawsuit against the president. Like Boehner, Sen. Johnson tried to sue over the president “changing the law,” and his suit was thrown out of court. It is likely that Boehner will face the same fate once he files his suit.

The hurdle remains the same. Speaker Boehner needs to be able to prove that the House has been injured by the president’s actions. Since a partisan dispute is not the same as a legal injury, Boehner’s lawsuit looks like it is doomed to fail.

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Colbert Asks Pelosi: ‘Do You Have Naked Photos of John Boehner?’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has some major legislation she wants to get through Congress, but as Stephen Colbert pointed out last night, it’s probably not going to be possible with Republicans standing in her way. “Do you have naked photos of John Boehner doing something?” Colbert asked Pelosi. “And if you do, is the tan uniform?”

A hopeful Pelosi had another idea: “Win the election.” With most analysts saying a Republican takeover the Senate is likely in 2014, Pelosi said she thinks it could be possible for Democrats to take back the House “for the American people.”

Of course, if that were to happen, Pelosi would probably become Speaker of the House again. “Why would you ever want that job again?” Colbert asked. “John Boehner is on the verge of a nervous breakdown at all times.”

“I didn’t like being speaker,” Pelosi admitted, “but I did like getting the job done for the American people.”

Watch the full interview below, via Comedy Central:

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John Boehner: Obama, Democrats ‘Jeopardizing Our Ability’ To Resolve Border …

WASHINGTON — Should Congress fail to approve funding to deal with the border crisis before the legislative recess in August, it will be President Barack Obama’s fault, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday.

In a statement, Boehner said that a working group of House Republicans has completed its recommendations and will present them to the rest of the GOP conference on Wednesday. But he cautioned that nothing will happen “in a timely manner” if Obama and Democrats refuse to compromise, particularly on changing a 2008 law meant ensure hearings for unaccompanied minors from countries other than Mexico and Canada.

“I don’t believe the American people will support sending more money to the border unless both parties work together to address these policies and actually solve this problem,” Boehner said. “The lack of leadership from this White House, and President Obama’s refusal to stand up to critics in his own political party, are jeopardizing our ability to find common ground and help the kids who are caught in the middle of this crisis.”

Whether to change the 2008 law, or how to do so, has become one of the key fights as Congress considers a $3.7 billion funding request from Obama to handle a crisis of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border illegally this year. Most of the children and teenagers are from Central America, meaning they must be housed by the federal government and put through a hearing process in overburdened immigration courts with long wait times.

Republicans and some Democrats say that given the current influx, the law must be changed in order to speed up a process that currently allows many minors to remain in the country for months or even years while they await their hearings with an immigration judge. Most Democrats have been resistant to changing the law, arguing that the hearing process could be sped up without hurting due process for those who are eligible for asylum or a special visa.

While Obama has signaled that he would be willing to change the law, he did not propose doing so in conjunction with his funding request earlier this month.

Boehner said last week he was less optimistic than he would like to be about resolving the funding issue before the August recess because of Democrats’ statements on the 2008 law.

The working group’s recommendations will be key in crafting an appropriations bill, and are expected to include changes to the 2008 law on unaccompanied minors, bringing on more immigration judges to speed up the removal process, bolstering border patrol and sending National Guard troops to the border. Members of the working group said last week that their recommendations will also likely include funding for foreign governments to repatriate deported minors, as well as encouraging Mexico to secure its southern border, which would help prevent Central American immigrants from traveling through the country.

In addition to the presentation by the working group, which is led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) will brief the conference on his committee’s review of Obama’s funding request, Boehner said.

Although there are multiple bills related to the border crisis, most of them have focused more on enforcement than on funds to care for the unaccompanied minors already here, even though Obama’s funding request included $1.8 billion for that purpose.

The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that only $25 million of Obama’s $3.7 billion request might be spent before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, although that scenario assumes a bill would not actually be enacted until mid- to late-September. Republicans said the CBO report is proof that the need for funding isn’t as urgent as Obama has claimed.

Senate Democrats said Monday that their chamber will take up the funding request late this week or next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Politico “it would be a shame” if they did not approve funding before lawmakers leave Washington for a congressional recess.

“They’re going to start running out of money in August,” he told Politico. “So we’re ready to do it.”

UPDATE: 12:10 p.m. — White House Spokesman Josh Earnest responded to Boehner at a briefing later Tuesday, saying the funding is needed, in part, to “more efficiently and effectively process the claims that are made” by minors.

“The bottom line here is the federal government needs additional resources to make sure we are appropriately managing the urgent humanitarian situation at the border,” Earnest said.

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John Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Obama Has Raised a Staggering $4.5 Million For Democrats

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Speaker of the House John Boehner’s decision to sue President Obama is raising an epic amount of grassroots dollars for Democrats. In June, House Democrats out-raised House Republicans $4.5 million to $883,000 in grassroots donations.

According to Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, “To see whose base is motivated for November, all you have to do is look at the numbers: in June alone, the DCCC raised $4.5 million in grassroots donations, compared to a paltry $883,000 for the NRCC. Our grassroots supporters are energized, and are rightly angry at the wrong priorities of Speaker Boehner and this Republican Congress that waste taxpayer dollars on partisan lawsuits against the President, and sticks middle class families with the tab. Our financial advantage is fueled by the support of these Americans giving an average of $20 – not billionaire special interests like the Koch brothers – and their support will make a real difference in races around the country come November.”

The Koch brothers donate millions to Republicans, but the each only get one vote. The grassroots support is critical for Democrats because those people who are donating $20 are also likely to vote in November. House Democrats have raised $33 million more than House Republicans during the 2014 election cycle. Boehner’s lawsuit keeps doing damage to Republican 2014 hopes on a daily basis. The lawsuit is defining Boehner’s House Republicans and painting a picture of a majority gone wrong.

Republicans had been counting on anger their power their voters to get the polls this year. They never expected Democrats to get enraged and mobilize in response to Speaker Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama. Boehner’s lawsuit has completely backfired and become a powerful energizing force for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. At one point, House Republicans were openly talking about adding seats to their majority. Thanks to Speaker Boehner, it looks like Democrats are in a good position to chip away at the size of the Republican majority.

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John Boehner should be fired

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 2:02 a.m.

Freedom of speech in our country has brought many downright rude and disrespectful people into the public light.

Whatever happened to respecting our employers and working for and with them,? John Boehner will not work with our president no matter what issue is discussed.

It’s because of his negative attitude, and the attitude of his fellow Republican members of Congress, that I personally will never vote for the Republican Party for the rest of my life.

Their rudeness and inability to do the job they were elected to do make me furious and make me wonder why these current job holders can’t be fired and replaced!

The president’s job has to be extremely hard; to not have the support of Congress working with him from Day One (I suspect the color of his skin plays a large part) has to be extremely stressful and exactly the plan from the Republicans in Congress.

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