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Anyone Else Wistful for the Good Old Days, in Which Presidents Went It Alone?

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by Peter Spiro You never know, President Obama might turn things around. On the other hand, things sound bad on the Hill. The Administration would have to run the table to get a yes-vote from both houses of Congress (it’s uphill even in the Senate). It may not be too early to start writing the post-mortems. […]

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Corker’s Revenge (The War Powers Resolution Lives!)

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by Peter Spiro The Senate has a draft resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria up for mark-up today, which you can find here. In its key operative provision, the resolution authorizes the use of force to 60 days only, subject to a 30-day extension upon a presidential certification of “extraordinary circumstances.” If Congress doesn’t extend […]

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Syria Insta-Symposium: Did Obama Consult His Lawyers Before War Powers About-Face?

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by Peter Spiro Doesn’t sound like it, if you read between the lines of this AP account. Until Friday, everyone was assuming that congressional pre-clearance was not constitutionally required or otherwise warranted. Obama’s national security team was in agreement that while consulting with Congress was critical, there was no need for formal approval, officials said. […]

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Syria Insta-Symposium: Obama’s Constitutional Surrender

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by Peter Spiro President Obama’s decision to seek authorization for military intervention in Syria is a watershed in the modern history of war powers. At no point in the last half century at least has a president requested advance congressional authorization for anything less than the full-scale use of force. Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf gets it […]

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