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War Powers Act

Libya Triggers War Powers Act Deadline This Friday

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.18.2011 | Home
Rep. Mike Honda

The War Powers Act, created after Vietnam to ensure checks and balances during wartime situations, limits the president's ability to commit armed forces to conditions that are not present in the case of Libya.

Lessons Learned From Libya: America Can't Afford Another Autocrat, Neither Can Democracy

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 06.08.2011 | Home
Rep. Mike Honda

Consistency provides America with protection by undermining the criticism used to rally recruits in counter-U.S. efforts. An inconsistent track record -- humanitarian intervention in some cases but not others -- gives fodder to our foes.

President's Libya Speech Does Little to Allay Concerns in Congress

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

If the U.S. wants to lead and inspire the world in setting the standard for good governance, getting the executive-legislative relationship right on matters of war is critical.

Obama, War Powers, and Yoo

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Yoo's chief problem as a constitutional commentator is that his underlying constitutional analysis of presidential power is literally the opposite of what the Founders intended and wrote.

Libya, Iraq and Desert Storm

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

As UN Resolution 1973 is being implemented over Libya, ghosts of the 2003 invasion of Iraq exactly eight years earlier emerge. But the comparisons are much more apt to Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Jason Linkins

FLASHBACK: Biden Warned In 2007 That He'd Impeach Bush For Waging War Without Congressional Approval | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The sudden involvement of the U.S. military in Libya has prompted some intense debate over whether the executive branch has the right to pursue milita...

Impeach Obama Over Libya? You've Got to Be Kidding

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If Obama hadn't acted, he would have been even more loudly damned as being weak, indecisive and a chronic ditherer when it comes to making tough decisions on foreign policy issues.

War in a Box

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The event on the House floor Wednesday afternoon was monumental -- the first major congressional debate about U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since lawmakers authorized the invasion.

Ryan Grim and Jeff Muskus

Bipartisan House Group Pushing For Enforcement Of War Powers Act | Ryan Grim and Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has pulled together a group of five Republicans and eight Democrats who plan to introduce a special resolution on the Ho...

James Baker Punches George Bush in the Face with New War Proposal

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

James Baker has joined his nemesis in recommending a stunning new piece of federal legislation -- a law designed to rein in future presidents who want to go to war half-cocked.