House votes to sue Obama over claims of presidential power

Ben Wolfgang and Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times

House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to authorize an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama, escalating a separation of powers battle between Congress and the White House that is heavily tinged with election-year politics.

The 225-201 vote broke almost entirely along party lines, underscoring just how strained tensions have become between the GOP, who said Mr. Obama is en route to becoming a tyrant, and Democrats, who accused Republicans of sinking to new lows in their efforts to repeal Obamacare and stop the president’s agenda.

“This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold and acting decisively when it might be compromised,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, as he pleaded for Democrats to look beyond their party allegiance and defend Congress itself. “Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?”

But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the chamber’s top Democrat, said she could see no reason for the Republican effort unless it’s a precursor for impeachment…



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…So Obama the politician is going to reassure low-information voters who lack basic civics that the whole thing is basically a goof. That’s where the use of vernacular comes in — he’s as befuddled by this constitutional folderol as you are, America. It’s just “hatin’.” Needless to say, had George Bush responded to liberal worries about presidential signing statements by jovially accusing them of “hatin’,” the media would have dumped in its pants. MSNBC hosts would be demanding his resignation for treating matters of grave constitutional concern so dismissively and lefty bloggers would be wondering if Bush wasn’t showing symptoms of being a “dry drunk” in laughing off something this serious. As it is, hackery will prevail…



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…I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority…



Gutfeld: Dem Fundraising On Impeachment ‘Acknowledgement Of How Poor A Job Obama Is Doing’ (video)

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld found the White House’s rhetoric on the “impending” impeachment of President Barack Obama curious, noting it’s “almost a tacit acknowledgement of how poor a job Obama is doing.”

In the last week the Democratic Party — from the White House to the DCCC — has pushed a narrative of a Republican Party days or weeks away from filing impeachment charges against Obama…



Update: House authorizes lawsuit; Obama to ‘thumb his nose’ by signing another executive action



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