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Three Quick Thoughts on Zivotofsky

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by Peter Spiro Long-awaited decision here finding the President to have exclusive recognition power, trumping Congress’ attempt to require birthplace of US citizens born in Jerusalem to be recorded as “Israel” on US passports issued to them. 1. Phew. Who knows what the response would have been in the Middle East if the Court had […]

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GOP Iran Letter Might Be Unconstitutional. Is It Also Criminal?

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by Peter Spiro I’ll one-up Julian’s post below on Tom Cotton’s letter to the leaders of Iran admonishing them that any agreement entered into today could be reversed by Obama’s successor. It appears unprecedented for a group of opposition members of Congress to engage in such a communication. It may also be criminal. The 1799 Logan Act […]

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U.S. May Let Go of Accidental Americans (Eliminating Tax Hurdle to Renunciation)

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by Peter Spiro It’s finally seeping into the mainstream consciousness that the U.S. tax system works very aggressively against citizens abroad, even those who are citizens in name only. Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, is renouncing his U.S. citizenship after he had to pay a hefty IRS tab on capital gains on the sale of his […]

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More on Boehner’s Netanyahu Invite (and What It Says About Constitutional Change)

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by Peter Spiro My earlier post on whether John Boehner’s invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have triggered a little in-house conservative disagreement on the issue (or at least Weekly Standard’s Adam J. White is giving me credit for that). Mike Ramsey and David Bernstein come out against the invite’s constitutionality here and here; White […]

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