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House Hearing On Obama's Unilateral Action To Cease Enforcing Laws - Live Webcast

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The House Judiciary Committee is about to discuss what it calls “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws,” focusing on the Obamacare delays, enforcement of immigration laws, and more. As Mediaite notes, the question of whether the president can take unilateral action to cease enforcing laws stretches back at least to last summer, when President Barack Obama said he would stop deporting young undocumented immigrants, an end-run around congressional refusal to pass the DREAM Act.

Executive orders have played a part in everything from the non-enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act to the administration’s “fix” two weeks ago allowing insurance providers to renew policies cancelled after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

It seems the constitutional lawyers want to have their say in the "most transparent" administration ever.



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Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:06 | 4210210 Seasmoke
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The King of Spades

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:31 | 4210349 NotApplicable
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Oooh, this circus oughta make the facade nice and shiny!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:46 | 4210609 smlbizman
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way to many canadians on the govt. ms. jackson ,if ur nasty..or the intellectual mr. mel watts, etc....

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:03 | 4210740 kralizec
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Yeah, well...this will go no where...I mean like, where's the enfocement let alone the will to use it?!

Embrace violent resolution of America's ills...all peaceful avenues are being cut off, made illegal...or outright ignored.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:20 | 4210811 aminorex
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Lindsey Graham is a corrupt war-profiteering fascist wannabe

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:50 | 4210933 wtf1369
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I agree, but who dragged that nancy boy into this?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:54 | 4210461 666
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Obummer makes Nixon look like a saint!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:01 | 4210498 midtowng
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If Obama was interested in enforcing laws he would have arrested Bush and Cheney for war crimes. And rounded up most of the Wall Street executives for financial crimes.

Why the House only cares about Obamacare regulations means the hearing is a joke.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:41 | 4210657 N2OJoe
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You can't just end the list there...

Holder, Pelosi, Bernanke, Reid, Janet Napolitano, Every shareholder of the federal reserve, etc etc.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:54 | 4210695 indygo55
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Exactly, that's why this is all theatre. Distraction. 

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:45 | 4210674 playnstocks
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Bla Bla Bla.. go away

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:00 | 4210734 Trucker Glock
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Arrest Bush and Cheney?  Hell, Maobama granted Cheney Secret Service protection for life.  First time in history for a VP, if I recall correctly.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:25 | 4210835 Rafferty
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Don't blame him. He's just an autocue-reading stuffed shirt dummy with the banksters' hand up his ass.  (Gues that reminds him of his bathhouse days.....)

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:59 | 4210718 doctor10
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Somebody's shorts are knotted since Syria never happened. They're gonna stick it to him gud!!! /s

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:17 | 4210799 doctor10
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Either that or the locals back in their districts are starting to squeal pretty hard and they have to look like they're doing SOMETHING congressional

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:05 | 4210218 Van Halen
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This shit Obama is pulling has to be stopped NOW. Because there is no question he'll take the mile if given the inch.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:13 | 4210248 ParkAveFlasher
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Yeah, it'll all stop in the House of Representatives ... just after Boehner stops crying on Pelosi's cheese bags. 

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:23 | 4210311 NoDebt
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He already took the mile.  Now he's daring anyone to try to take it back.  Nobody steps up, he takes 10 more.

See recent article talking about eliminating the 2 term limit for a President (a Constitutional Ammendment, last time I checked).  The idea's already been floated, now they're just seeing how much push-back they get.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:25 | 4210325 WallowaMountainMan
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tryin' to follow in putin's footsteps?



Just askin...



Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:59 | 4210717 Dull Care
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Difference being that Putin actually has his country's best interests at heart.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:06 | 4210752 Chewybunny
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Putin has his loyal followers and fellow oligarchs' interests first. There's a reason why Moscow has the highest number of billionaires per capita, but the rest of the country is a 3rd world desolate hell hole.


Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:27 | 4210330 WallowaMountainMan
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reminds me of the impeach bush or die memes of yester-year.



Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:42 | 4213727 WallowaMountainMan
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the down arrows remind me of the time i said egypt's reset of their democratic process would be less violent than ours was. (what reset of ours, you ask? oh, let's see....ummm....yeah.... the 'civil' war.)



Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:08 | 4210224 williambanzai7
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Throw in The RICO Act while you are at it.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:31 | 4210353 Blues Traveler
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and springle in extortion with a dabs of lies and a hints of illegal use of taxpayer funds....

Fromer fbi director Louis Freeh (clinton) spoke at an event, at the conclusion, he was aksed if he believed there was still 3 fucntioning branches of government and if he did, could he provide examples.  Louigi said yes but didn't provide any examples.

Why can we not sue the meida for lying?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:10 | 4210233 Van Halen
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There's no reason to throw all these different things at Obama, other than the CONSTITUTION, which, if a simpleton like me is reading it right, says he can't use press conferences to announce he's going to change laws on a whim. Rather, laws are changed by CONGRESS.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:12 | 4210236 Dr. Engali
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WTF is this? You mean to tell me that somebody in Washington finally noticed that this fucker keeps crossing the line and trampling the constitution in the process? No fucking way.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:14 | 4210257 Bosch
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Someone besides Rand Paul or Ted Cruz anyway. 

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:27 | 4210846 the not so migh...
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Ted Cruz likes Goldman Sacks pussy, its confimred.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 15:14 | 4211027 Real Estate Geek
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But in all fairness to him, I'm sure that GS can procure world-class pussy.


Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:18 | 4210274 NoDebt
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If they were serious about this do you think it would be done in a show-hearing?  Where's the federal-level lawsuit making it's way to the Superme Court?

Both sides want this to continue.  They want to know that when their turn comes to wield that power it was well worth all the dead bodies they had to crawl over to get it.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:16 | 4210275 SmallerGovNow2
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EXACTLY Doc!  There are multiple reasons why this guy should be impeached including Fast and Furrious, Libya, Bengazi, IRS Scandal, NSA Scandal, EO changing laws at will that he does not have the authority to do.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:10 | 4210244 buzzsaw99
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free corzine

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:20 | 4210298 ParkAveFlasher
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Jon Corzine is being kept in a stealthy, subaquatic prison somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle.  Heard it from my guy.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:23 | 4210821 Wen_Dat
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Jim Willie? :-)

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:41 | 4210897 ParkAveFlasher
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A man can dream.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:11 | 4210247 RacerX
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That's okay, he'll only stick in the tip.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:12 | 4210249 Overfed
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The trouble is partisan politics. No matter what O'bomb-a does wrong, the Dem controlled Senate will shoot down any sanctions against him. All in the name of party politics. Shameful.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:13 | 4210252 Bosch
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Meanwhile, in the Mideast, via drone, Obama is actually Faithfully Executing the (In)Laws. 



Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:17 | 4210276 stock trout
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" the question of whether the president can take unilateral action to cease enforcing laws stretches back at least to last summer"

Actually it stretches a little further back to the 1830s. "John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it" - Andrew Jackson.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:05 | 4210754 divide_by_zero
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That brings up the other big question of an activist Supreme Court changing laws by decision not merely throwing them out over constitutionality. One could rightly argue that John Marshall as Chief Justice trampled over states rights and ushered in the supremacy of federal law and the era big government through "judicial review" a term he may have coined.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:23 | 4210314 WallowaMountainMan
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santelli's on this....

w/ biderman no less....

live on air....propably over by the time you read this...



Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:24 | 4210320 nmewn
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When the law only means what a tyrant wants it to mean (on any given day) it ceases to be the law...only the dictates and mandates of a tyrant.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:36 | 4210375 NoDebt
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You're not implying that's where we are right now, are you?

Oh, you are.  OK, I can buy that.


Get this... this morning Obama announces he's going to give money to insurance companies so they can cover costs to comply with his decision to allow cancelled policies to be reinstated.  You're following this insanity so far, right?  

So where's he get that money?  Don't know, don't care.  Just pulled it out of his stash (taxpayer pockets), I guess.  Nobody even questioning if he has the authority.  Just "announce and it becomes law."

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:12 | 4210534 Being Free
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Yes.  This is an almost daily event. 

Guess he must be relying on the "Good and Plenty" clause in the constitution for this authority. /sarc

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:30 | 4210344 Everybodys All ...
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This is to be expected when the formative years of the president is spent in foreign lands. Say what you will but how this president is acting is not an America concept under our rule of law..

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:33 | 4210365 Blues Traveler
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Barrack once said "just because I said I was going to do that doesnt mean I was going to do that..."

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:47 | 4210419 Quinvarius
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Worst...President...Ever.  He has no concept of the role of the President or that the law, specifically the Constitution, is bigger than he is.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:48 | 4210435 Hedgetard55
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But...but... wasn't Captain Clusterfuck a Professor of Constitutional Law???

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:49 | 4210688 N2OJoe
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Sorry Quin but I had to downvote you because he knows damn well what the roles are but he also knows that since he is never challenged on it, he is able to seize any power he wishes at any time.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:38 | 4210884 Colonel Klink
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WAS is the operative word.  I believe both he and the Wookie lost their license to practice law.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:49 | 4210430 Wyatt Junker
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I think Obama's setting a good example.  I never liked the laws either.  I'm a minarchist.  If our dear leader won't enforce whatever he doesn't like, I won't follow whatever I don't like.  Lawlessness begets lawlessness.  And besides, I was tired a long time ago from paying taxes, so that will have to stop too with everything else... from jaywalking to not being allowed to pork the family dog in the southern states.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:07 | 4210513 forwardho
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Though you jest, this lawlessness at the top DOES filter down to the masses. A nation of Laws means something. Without law there is no society, mearly a chaotic rabble.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:18 | 4210559 Wyatt Junker
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yes that, but also this...


The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws


- Tacitus

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:52 | 4210444 Ace Ventura
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When was the last time a 'House Hearing' resulted in any meaningful action against TPTB? Plenty of action in SUPPORT of their agenda sure, but anything against?

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?.......Bueller?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:52 | 4210450 ImReady
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This black guy talking right now is coked up. Watch his mouth. Classis coke grind.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:54 | 4210454 sosoome
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And not a peep out of these hypocrites about John Roberts writing law and imposing taxation without representation. 

Hint rep!ubliCONS: the constitution is not partisan!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:01 | 4210488 Reaper
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Even if the Senate would not convict, the House by beginning impeachment proceedings could subpoena all kinds of records and have all kinds of White House lackeys testify. The longer the list of criminal offenses, the more WH lackeys would take the fifth. His popular support would go even lower and he becomes ineffective. The basic high crimes(felonies)would be multiple violations of 18USC §371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States "If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."
And 18USC §1031 - Major fraud against the United States "(a) Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, any scheme or artifice with the intent—
(1) to defraud the United States; or
(2) to obtain money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises,
in any grant, contract, subcontract, subsidy, loan, guarantee, insurance, or other form of Federal assistance, including through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, an economic stimulus, recovery or rescue plan provided by the Government

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:19 | 4210568 roadhazard
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It's Congress that gave all the extra powers to the Executive Branch so they could cut down on what they had to take responsibility for. Now they want to whine about it.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:24 | 4210592 Overfed
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Well sure. They just want the perks, but none of the responsibilities. Been going on for a long time, and now it's coming to a head. Interesting times......

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:29 | 4210586 22winmag
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Another case of the government investigating itself and finding nothing wrong... or just grandstanding if they do.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:29 | 4210607 bigrooster
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Is it just me or do the black democrats simply bitch during their 5 minutes and don't ask any questions that pertain to the hearing?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:32 | 4210613 booboo
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The constitution means nothing if the regular citizen acts (that would imply taking ACTION) to invoke ones natural rights. Yea, it's a pain in the ass, freedom is hard on the front end easy on the back end, just the opposite with the others.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:34 | 4210615 monad
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While this is in the spotlight Shumer & friends are trying to issue unconstitutional, illegal orders to disarm us so they can steal our property and kill us. This is treason.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:33 | 4210619 diogeneslaertius
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why won't you just let the new world order love you? they just want to love you. they sent their trendiest, shiniest viceroys yet even, cmon guiz.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:34 | 4210624 Crash Overide
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About 85% of the congress, senate, and white house belong in jail for their crimes against humanity.

It's pretty much a fact now.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:38 | 4210642 bigrooster
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Go Mr Labrador!  "They bitch and moan (the democrats in the house)"!  God Bless you for having the balls to call them out.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 13:38 | 4210644 Blano
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GOP late to the party as usual.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:03 | 4210735 Payable on Death
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Prime opportunity to roll out "It's Bush' fault." And it is. Look up "signing statements" and "energetic executive".

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:28 | 4210845 Grinder74
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"So let it be written. So let it be done."

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:34 | 4210867 Chewybunny
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"It's in Congress where magic happens."


Do you guys believe in Magic? 

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:38 | 4210883 TomGa
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It's much worse than I thought.... (and I thought it was pretty bad already).

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 14:54 | 4210953 wtf1369
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The bullshit's been stacking up in DC for decades but went off the charts 13 years ago give or take. I'd like to believe that after so fucking long that just maybe this would be the beginning of an awakening, but I'm sure it's just more theater.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 15:28 | 4211099 squid427
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Let's not forget about arresting/executing the tri-lateral commission, and the council on forign relations.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 15:43 | 4211170 Westcoastliberal
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Sorry let me get this straight....we have to have hearings on whether or not laws should be enforced?  How 'bout we just scrap the entire system and start over, adhering to the Constitution and Bill of Rights?  Or is that too much to ask.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 20:22 | 4212101 Bastiat
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Oops!  Who let this guy get the mic?

Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could Lead to Overthrow of Government

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 20:31 | 4212118 nmewn
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My only question is, is he/they doing it on purpose?

He (and they) can't be stupid enough to not know, they will have nowhere to run or hide.

(Its just a historical fact NSA, get over

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 03:41 | 4212989 Drifter
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Only group more delusional than this govt is "patriots" believing they'll overthrow this govt.


Wed, 12/04/2013 - 08:34 | 4213217 esum
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knock off the bullsit and IMPEACH .... 

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