By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that any unilateral steps by President Barack Obama to address a surge of illegal immigrants would make matters worse and add to a "legacy of lawlessness." "No more unilateral action by the president," Boehner said at a news conference. "He'll be violating the solemn oath he made to the American people on the day of his inauguration." Boehner said the House planned to vote Wednesday on legislation that would initiate a lawsuit against Obama for overstepping the bounds of his authority with unilateral actions. Faced with an adversarial Congress, Obama has taken a series of unilateral actions to further his agenda.
NEW YORK (AP) — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congress on Thursday began debating "emergency" border security legislation that lawmakers acknowledge will not be enacted but will enable them to campaign for re-election by arguing they worked to address a humanitarian crisis. Republicans and Democrats have been sparring over President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to respond to the crisis in which tens of thousands of Central American children have tried to enter the United States illegally. With Congress on the verge of starting its five-week summer recess, the votes in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-held Senate on Thursday will mark a holding pattern until September. On Thursday, the House will debate providing $659 million for the border problem, which is far below Obama's request and has drawn a veto threat from the White House.