08/03/2014 12:47 am ET Updated Oct 02, 2014

Sunday Roundup

This week Congress lived down to the standards we've come to expect. First, House Republicans voted to sue President Obama for using executive authority to delay implementation of the health care law they've held over 50 votes to repeal. Then, after a revolt in their own ranks, House leadership withdrew their bill to deal with the border crisis -- then issued a jaw-dropping statement urging the president to (wait for it... ) use executive authority "without congressional action." But on Friday, after worsening an already bad bill by weakening protections for the children at the center of the crisis, they finally passed a symbolic and useless package -- useless since their Republican counterparts in the Senate already torpedoed that chamber's $2.7 billion border crisis bill. Their "work" done, they recessed for a five-week vacation -- during which they will no doubt fundraise, using the "crisis" they've failed to address as fodder. If only we could issue an executive order to put an end to this nonsense.