Obama has on occasion ignored laws when it is politically advantageous. Now he is encouraging others to do the same. High crimes and misdemeanors? Officials sound warning over defense cuts, GOP lawmakers claim Obama AWOL http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...damage-military-gop-lawmakers-say-obama-awol/ Published August 01, 2012 Obama administration officials warned Wednesday of dire consequences for the U.S. military if Congress cannot avert scheduled spending cuts, even as Republican lawmakers charged that President Obama has gone AWOL on the issue. During another day in Washington marked by officials talking past one another, the Obama administration unveiled new details about the potential impact of roughly $110 billion in across-the-board cuts starting Jan. 2. Half would be to the defense budget. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House's acting budget chief, Jeff Zients, warned in a hearing that the Navy would be forced to purchase fewer ships and soldiers going to war would receive less training. /snip/ Meanwhile, Republicans have hammered the administration for allegedly trying to "hide the ball" and make the cuts seem less devastating than they are. Republicans point to two moves by the administration this week. First, the Labor Department advised federal contractors, including defense firms, that they don't have to warn workers about potential layoffs from the cuts -- though a law called the WARN Act mandates such notices go out 60 days in advance, which if followed would happen just before Election Day. Then the White House budget office said the president would spare military personnel from the automatic cuts. After the announcement, Republican senators accused the administration of "flailing around" in an attempt to make the massive cut "look less devastating than it actually is."