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Three Reasons Why Obama Will Not (and Should Not) Seek Congressional Okay for ISIL Strikes

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by Peter Spiro It looks like President Obama learned his lesson. Last summer he decided to seek Congress’s advance approval for a strike against Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities. Political support for the operation evaporated. Obama looked weak and waffly (the decision was taken on a dime after a 45-minute South Lawn stroll with chief of […]

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Will the U.S. Move to Citizenship-Strip ISIS Fighters?

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by Peter Spiro It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing proposals to take away the citizenship of Americans fighting for ISIS/ISIL forces in Syria and Iraq. They have drawn renewed attention in the wake of James Foley’s beheading (apparently by a British citizen) and the death, reported at length today in the […]

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Behind July 4 Naturalization Ceremonies, Three Distortions

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by Peter Spiro The naturalization ceremony is now a part of the July 4th ritual, right up there with picnics, parades, and fireworks. The script is faithfully recounted in newspapers across the country. Dignified surroundings (courtrooms, historic sites, ballparks) with presiding local luminaries (judges, office holders, public intellectuals), celebratory family members in tow. US flag-waving […]

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How the Recess Appointments Case Speaks to Foreign Relations Law

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by Peter Spiro Not much surprise that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the recess appointments case NLRB v. Noel Canning would draw on historical practice, since there wasn’t much else to draw on. Breyer’s opinion in the case sets out a notable defense of practice as precedent: [I]n interpreting the [Recess Appointments] Clause, we put […]

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