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Laura Barron-Lopez

GOP Leader Says He's Looking For A 'Path Forward' On Obama's Request To Authorize War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Tuesday he is committed to starting talks with his co...

Laura Barron-Lopez

White House: Congress Has Priorities 'Backwards' On War Powers Request

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

The White House chided Congress on Monday for having its priorities “backwards," citing the legislative branch's desire to expand President Barack O...

Excessive Presidential War Power

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

If Congress has the courage to pass any approval of this questionable American use of force, it should at minimum take out the "associated persons and forces" language, limit the geographical scope of the fight, and be very specific about what limited ground operations are authorized.

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

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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.

This Week Senate Democrats Can Limit the ISIS War

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

At long last the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote this week on an authorization for the use of force for the war against ISIS that started in early August. There is little doubt that a majority of the committee supports the use of force against ISIS. What will be revealed this week is what limits the committee will support in authorizing the use of force.

Michael McAuliff

Let's Not Launch War By Accident, Lawmakers Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most lawmakers appear content to let President Barack Obama set his own course battling the Islamic State, but a growing number are warn...

The Cloud of Guantanamo Hangs Over the White House

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Like it or not, Guantanamo will be with us for a long time -- or, at the very least, until Obama marches with his successor down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2016 inauguration.

Presidents and the War Power

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

President Barack Obama's claim that he doesn't need congressional authorization for his current war in Iraq and Syria is troubling. However, Obama is not the first president to believe that he has the rather imperial authority for war by executive fiat.

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi: Congress Should Return To Vote On War

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress should return from its long election break and vote on President Barack Obama's authority to go to war against extremists in Ir...

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.

John Boehner Wants To Punt War Vote Until Next Year

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

In theory, when the U.S. deploys forces in military conflicts abroad, Congress is expected to debate and subsequently vote on the matter. Not so with ...

Can You Tell How Lawmakers Voted On Obama's ISIS War? Probably Not (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What happens when members of Congress have to take tough votes on war and national security? They say confusing things. How confu...

Michael McAuliff

Divided Congress Backs Obama's ISIS Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A divided House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to back President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat ...

Michael McAuliff

Obama's ISIS War Exceeds His Authority, Democratic Senator Argues

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama does not have the authority to wage a war against the Islamic State, senators argued Tuesday in a hearing about t...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Likely To Duck War Powers Question Until After Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress was torn Thursday over whether President Barack Obama actually has the authority to broaden a war against the so-called Islamic...

A Reluctant Warrior

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is trying to walk a very fine line between doing nothing and all-out war. He will be counting on others to do the ground fighting, which may depend on how much support America gets from regional allies. The end game of this limited warfare is going to be hard to see, however.

Michael McAuliff

House Demands Checks On Obama's Iraq War Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives sent a bipartisan message to President Barack Obama Friday, warning the commander-in-chief that lawmakers d...

Iraq War III: Ask Congress First

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Joel Richard Paul

Even if the advisers do not accompany Iraqi forces into the field, their mere presence in Iraq in U.S. uniforms under the present situation makes them targets for attack. Why else are they arriving armed and ready to defend themselves?

War Powers: Constitutional or Imperial Presidency

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

It is exceedingly difficult to understand how presidential war derives from a textualist or intentionalist interpretation of the Constitution. The argument is made, nonetheless.

Rebalancing War Powers: President Obama's Momentous Decision

Peter M. Shane | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

President Obama's pursuit of congressional authority for a Syrian strike operation is, to date, his single most important decision in reshaping the post-9/11 presidency.

Responsibility for War A La Carte

David Schoenbrod | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
David Schoenbrod

In his address to the nation on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama offered a plan to deal with the immediate issue of Syria, but no plan to resolve the long term issue of who has the power to commit the nation to war.

Using the Syria Debate to Launch War Powers Reform

Peter M. Shane | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Now is the time for Congress to think about war-making in a context broader than Syria. President Obama has opened up the possibility for seriously rethinking the relationship of our elected branches in war-making in the post-9/11 era. It would be wonderful not to miss this opportunity for reform.

Time to Consider a War Surtax

Martin Long | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Martin Long

With a few days left before Congress considers President Obama's request to authorize a "limited and narrow" response against the Syrian regime, it's an appropriate time to reflect upon the factors involved in choosing to deploy military forces.

Nick Wing

Here's Why The Obama Administration's Vow Against 'War' In Syria Means Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

Secretary of State John Kerry made the case to Congress this week for military intervention in Syria, following a devastating chemical weapons attack ...

Can 'Obama Derangement Syndrome' Help Stop the U.S. from Waging War in Syria?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When it comes to Syria the old saying that even a broken clock is correct twice a day might apply to the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party.