(WASHINGTON TIMES) Top Republican legal officials say the Obama administration is reneging on key duties such as border security while overstepping its role through health care mandates and tight regulation of the energy industry, a trend that has led states to heighten their defenses against federal intrusion.

As states brace for cutbacks from the sequester standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans, several of their elected attorneys general contrast that gridlock — and not in a good way — with Mr. Obama’s precedent-setting use of executive orders and federal rule-making.

“You just see it all over the place. You see it in land management, you see it in energy development, ” Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers told The Washington Times on Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview with editors and reporters. “It’s a pretty significant trend, I think.”


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