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Morning Mix: Making A Mountain Out of An Autopen:

Repblicans just aren't happy unless they are declaring something "unconstitutional." The latest outrage? President Barack Obama didn't sign the Patriot Act renewal himself, because he was out of the country. Instead, rather than let the act lapse, he signed it with an "autopen." Now, some Republicans are furious . “I thought it was a joke at first, but the President did, in fact, authorize an autopen to sign the Patriot Act extension into law,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) said in a statement Friday. ... “Any number of circumstances could arise in the future where the public could question whether or not the president authorized the use of an autopen,” Graves said in his statement Friday. “For example, if the president is hospitalized and not fully alert, can a group of aggressive Cabinet members interpret a wink or a squeeze of the hand as approval of an autopen signing? I am ...

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