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Tom Cotton: America Can Shoot Russian Planes, Because Al Qaeda

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― The United States has the authority to shoot down Russian fighter jets because Congress voted 15 years ago to authorize a war against al...

Declare War On America's Enemies, Not The Rest Of The World

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress should approve future military action only when Washington has no alternative course to protect America--its territory, people, or constitutional liberties.

Paul Ryan: Donald Trump Does Not Have A 'Blank Check'

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan has limits to what he'll accept from presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump -- it's just that, apparently, Trump h...

House Votes Down Proposal To End 2001 War Authorization

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

There will be no end to the president's endless war authority. In a 138-285 vote, the House rejected an amendment Wednesday night that would have repe...

Lawmakers Are Finally Voting To End A 15-Year-Old War Authorization

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's one of the few bills in Congress that actually matters. And for House lawmakers looking to debate current conflict authorizations, ...

Congress Is OK With Unrestrained War Powers For Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress may be struggling to wrap their arms around Donald Trump, but one thing most of them don't seem concerned about...

Lawmakers Will Try Again To Make Congress Care About Authorizing War

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A frustrated group of House lawmakers is taking another crack at forcing Congress to debate a war it has already spent billions of dolla...

Writing a Blank Check on War for the President

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

In military circles, there is a term to describe this type of behavior. It's called cowardice.

Here's The Real Reason Mitch McConnell Is Proposing Unlimited War Powers For Obama

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The guy who's been saying for months that he doesn't want to deal with declaring war on the self-described Islamic State surprised every...

Mitch McConnell Ready To Give President Unlimited War Powers

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caught nearly everybody off guard late Wednesday by quietly clearing the path for new leg...

Old Laws, New Enemy -- The AUMF Debate and The War on Terrorism

Khalil Dewan | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Khalil Dewan

As the U.S. tries to pen down a draft AUMF law to take on the Islamic State group and those it classifies as its affiliates, it's clear that armed groups in Syria and Iraq are observing any alliances made with the U.S.

Sorry President Obama, Congress Won't Help You This Year on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To Democrats, President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address in front of a national audience was quintessential Obama. But to Republicans, Obama's speech was the "same old, same old."

Nancy Pelosi And Paul Ryan Finally Agree On Something!

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) don't have much in common -- he's a conservative budget ner...

Paul Ryan Has Plans For A New War Authorization

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics

Speaker Paul Ryan has shown House lawmakers that he can change the little things. He oversaw a minor shakeup to the group of Republicans that elects c...

Congress Just Voted To Fund The War Against ISIS. Did They Authorize It, Too?

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has avoided authorizing the war against the self-described Islamic State for nearly a year and a half, but it had no problem vo...

Republican Leaders Divided Over Declaring War On ISIS

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that it would be good for U.S. foreign policy if Congress voted to authorize the war again...

Why Won't Congress Declare War On ISIS?

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

If authorizing war against ISIS were easy, Congress would have already done it. If lawmakers weren't so afraid of the vote, the House and Senate might...

Friday Talking Points -- Not Funny Anymore

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's not funny anymore -- it's getting closer and closer to becoming reality. Donald Trump, leader of the Republican Party. Deal with it, everyone.

The Slow Drip Of Support For An ISIS War Vote Continues

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders are still ignoring calls for a war authorization vote. But the slow trickle of support for a vote continued Thursd...

Obama Pleads Again For Congress To Authorize His ISIS War

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Sunday once again called on Congress to vote to authorize the war against the self-described Islamic State. "F...

5 Reasons Bernie Sanders Is More Qualified to Be Commander in Chief Than Hillary Clinton

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

America has already witnessed Hillary Clinton as Senator and Secretary of State; few can name any major foreign policy accomplishments. We can, however, name mistakes. Bernie Sanders is far more qualified to be president than Clinton or Trump, especially since he's foreshadowed the consequences of perpetual wars, and doesn't focus only upon the need to destroy our enemies.

Congressman Doubts Effectiveness Of 'Just Bombing Everybody'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Like most members of Congress, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) isn't sure the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State group, also known as I...

Republicans Should Pass an AUMF or Stop Complaining

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are currently in a frenzy over Syria. But for all their noise, I notice there is not a single voice crying out to actually change anything in the most concrete way they have at their disposal.

Lindsey Graham Backs Obama's Call For War Powers Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The push for Congress to assert its constitutional powers for war got a hawkish backer on Wednesday, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pro...

Paul Ryan: Paris Attack Was 'Act Of War'

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used the strongest rhetoric possible to denounce the Paris terrorist attacks Tuesday, calling them "an act of war," b...