Archive for July 31st, 2014

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Jul
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The Serious And The Hilarious

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31
Jul
14

The President and First Lady attend a Special Olympics concert

9:15 (ish) EDT: The President and First Lady attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics, State Dining Room

Also at White House Live

31
Jul
14

A Hug From Tim: “I love you Obama.”

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President Obama gets a hug from Special Olympics athlete Tim Harris, from Albuquerque, N.M

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31
Jul
14

A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation

7:25 EDT: The President and First Lady host ‘A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation’, East Room

 

31
Jul
14

A Tweet or Two

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Jul
14

President delivers remarks at Dept of Housing and Urban Development

3:40 EDT: The President delivers remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Also at White House Live

31
Jul
14

Impeachment by Half-Measures

A more generous man than me may, at some point, feel some sympathy for Speaker John Boehner. He’s a man who has ascended to a rather great height from very low beginnings, but can’t seem to do anything right.

His tenure as speaker after the Tea Party revolt of 2010 has been nothing but a comedy of errors. From shutting down the government to quixotically seeking to overturn Obamacare, his speakership has been a litany of failure.

And now he’s embarked on possibly his greatest failure of all: suing President Barack Obama for doing his job, where the Speaker has failed to do his.

Last night the House GOP voted to sue President Obama. The meat of the lawsuit: the President’s delay of the implementation of the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. It’s Mr. Boehner’s contention that Pres. Obama overstepped his authority by delaying the mandate for a year.

Let that sink in for a moment. Mr. Boehner is suing Pres. Obama for not fully implementing part of a law which the Speaker and his fellow Republicans have voted over 50 times to repeal. The House GOP has finally slid into the realm of Dada, suing to “uphold” a law it loathes.

Mr. Boehner must have good lawyers who are telling him that he and his merry band have no standing to bring the suit. They won’t be able to show where they were harmed by Pres. Obama’s executive action. The ACA allows for delays in implementation if they serve the law’s purposes. And, of course, the first judge before whom this suit appears may well wonder why Mr. Boehner is suing Pres. Obama for failing to fully enact a law which Mr. Boehner has spent four years trying to undo.

But of course, this isn’t about suing Pres. Obama.

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