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Reaping the Whirlwind

Today we're busily asking when President Obama will drop the immigration executive action hammer and whether Republicans will reply with screeching, government shutdowning or just getting it over with and finally impeaching President Obama. Indeed, this piece in Slate argues that the whole thing isn't as big a deal as it's cracked up to be since whatever President Obama does it's just as easy to undo when he leaves office in January 2017.

But this, I think, misses the point. That's exactly why this is such a big deal. Because if you think this is an explosive issue now, just wait until 2016.

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The Return of the GOP Shutdown Gollum

After their big election win two weeks ago, GOP leaders in Washington pressed one key point again and again: No shutdowns. Certainly no impeachment. And more generally an end to the government by showdown and crisis which has been their order of the day since coming to power in early 2011. And yet here we are, not two weeks into the new era of unified GOP control on Capitol Hill (albeit in the majority-elect phase) and we're already down to our first shutdown showdown. Indeed, shutdown is emerging as the 'mainstream' response to the President's impending immigration executive order, with impeachment the preferred response of your more forward-leaning GOP electeds and Fox News whips.

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"I'm Gonna Lock Your Ass Up"

It does not directly show a penchant to use excessive force, but it certainly shows a tendency to abuse power and the details of the incident may show a willingness to make false claims to justify his actions. A short video emerged yesterday (video after the jump) of an incident in 2013 in which Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, arrested a man for videotaping him.

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