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Jessica Schulberg

Top General Says 'There's No Exit Strategy' For War Against ISIS | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Retired Gen. John Allen, the U.S. government's point person for the international fight against the Islamic State, publicly admitted on ...

Jennifer Bendery

John Kerry: If Congress Can't Pass A Bipartisan AUMF, They 'Absolutely' Shouldn't Pass One | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday that if they can't pass President Barack Obama's war authorization request with a...

Jessica Schulberg

Ash Carter Warns Congress Against Repealing 2001 War Authorization | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered support for a three-...

Congress Should Deny President Obama Authority for Perpetual War

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Islamic State is evil. But that's no reason for America to go to war again in the Middle East. Or for Congress to approve years more of conflict.

Jessica Schulberg

Congressman Hints He Wants To Prohibit Funding For Ground Troops in Iraq | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he may move to prevent President Barack Obama from deploying U.S. ground troop...

Jessica Schulberg

Legal Experts Tell Congress Obama's New War Authorization Fails To Limit Power | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- National security law experts, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, faulted President Barack Obama’s prop...

Jennifer Bendery

Coalition Urges Congress To Rein In Sweeping 2001 War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress turns its attention to President Barack Obama's request to use military force against the Islamic State, more than a dozen g...

Jennifer Bendery

Lawmakers In Both Parties Press John Boehner For Full War Debate | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to schedule a full debate on the president's request for a...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Support the Peacemakers Too

Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters

We know that military means alone will not achieve our goals of peace and security in the Middle East. In addition to passing the AUMF, the Congress should take the far-sighted step of passing the Women, Peace and Security Act at the same time.

Obama to Congress: Rubber-Stamp My Perpetual War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

We need to stop using military force as a solution to everything -- indeed, it is a solution to nothing. We must push for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF and prevent the passage of a new AUMF. We cannot rely on Congress or the president to reverse the course of rampant U.S. militarism. It is up to us to make our voices heard.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Democratic Rep: Congress Shouldn't Give Obama A 'Blank Check' On War | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

Congress should act to pass an authorization to use military force against the Islamic State, but should also be wary of granting the president a "bla...

Jason Linkins

So That Happened: Obama Asks Congress If It's Okay That He Started Fighting ISIS | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

So, that happened: This week, America's ongoing battle with the Islamic State reached a new stage, specifically that stage where the president finally...

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Introduce Bill To Repeal Sweeping 2001 War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic senators unveiled legislation Friday night to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a sweeping 9/11-er...

Confronting Terrorism Without Another American Ground War

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

President Obama is absolutely correct that our nation must confront these ruthless terrorists. But he was also correct to promise that America would not be sending U.S. combat troops back to the Middle East to fight another ground war.

Congressional AUMF Debate Is a Sham

Alyona Minkovski | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Alyona Minkovski

If the United States is truthfully aiming to curb its global military endeavors, neither Congress nor the president are making that clear. The faux dispute over the most recent proposal ignores the realities of this administration's legal logic and leaves its endless war mentality intact. The job description for 2016 hopefuls may as well read "No Limits."

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul 'Concerned' About Scope Of Obama's War Request | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday voiced concerns about President Barack Obama's request for authority to use military force against Is...

6,845 Americans Died and 900,000 Were Injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Say 'No' to Obama's War.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If Americans utilized the outrage over American Sniper, the Brian Williams saga, and Kanye West rushing the stage at the Grammys, and aimed this vitriol at President Obama's request for a new war, we could possibly avert yet another colossal mistake.

Jennifer Bendery

Here's Why Obama's Request For War Limits Does Nothing To Limit War | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Capitol Hill has been abuzz all week over President Barack Obama's request for authority to use military force against Islamic State mil...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Says His Plan To Fight ISIS Strikes 'Necessary Balance' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said the war authorization proposal he unveiled Wednesday strikes the "necessary balance," giving him the flexibi...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Sends Congress Draft War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday formally asked Congress for new war authority to fight Islamic State militants. Obama's request c...

Jennifer Bendery

White House: Draft War Authorization Language Heading To Congress 'Soon' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House signaled again Wednesday that it plans to send draft language to Congress for a new Authorization for the Use of Militar...

Will Congress OK War Without Limits?

Tom Hayden | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The specter of the Islamic State has silenced congressional criticism and marginalized anti-war voices on the outside. The looming question is whether an open-ended authorization will extend the war on terror for years to come. The most critical issues are these.

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

Jennifer Bendery

House Democrat Introduces ISIS War Authorization Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) introduced legislation Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State militants -- a step aimed...