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Boehner points to Obama’s legacy of lawlessness

07/31/2014 9:00 PM

08/01/2014 6:59 AM

It’s Friday. Rejoice!

“Every time the president rewrites a law unilaterally and declines to enforce the laws of our nation as they’re written, it conveys not strength, but weakness.” — House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, on Thursday blasting President Barack Obama for threatening to take unilateral action on immigration through an executive order instead of working through Congress to pass new policy.

Boehner was blunt. More unilateral action by the president will cement a legacy of lawlessness. In Kansas City Wednesday, the president said Congress gives him no choice but to act on his own.

“I could have killed him.” — former President Bill Clinton speaking in Austrailia on Sept. 10, 2001, about Osama bin Laden.

In the tape of the remarks, which came to light Thursday, Clinton said he opted to not take out bin Laden at one point because so many others would have been killed in the process. The president spoke just hours before the planes hit the Twin Towers in New York.

“Milton, Milton, Milton, this is not the time.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts who appears in a new radio ad for his main GOP primary rival, Milton Wolf. Roberts was saying Wolf, who had confronted Roberts at an event, had picked the wrong time for a debate.

Wolf’s point in the ad: That was Roberts’ way of backing out of a one-one-one meeting. The two still haven’t debated, and at this point, it’s fair to conclude that one’s not going to happen before Tuesday’s primary.

“I’ll be active.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday promising he’ll be campaigning — and donating money — to elect more Democrats this fall to the General Assembly.

The pressure’s on the Democratic governor to step up his level of engagement. Two other leading Missouri Democrats, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Chris Koster, each have donated more than $200,000 to the party as a way to end the veto-proof majority Republicans hold in the House. In a meeting with The Star’s editorial board, Nixon declined to say how much he’d donate.

“The kind of posing and histrionics and, you know, faux indignation that you get sometimes … I think that when you’re on TV you tend to play to the cameras.” — former White House press secretary Jay Carney on David Letterman’s show Wednesday night commenting on how some reporters play to the cameras during televised media briefings.

Imagine that! Carney, however, didn’t name names.

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