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Jennifer Bendery

Senate Committee Votes To Authorize War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to pass new war authorization legislation for the fight against Islamic State mili...

Jennifer Bendery

Chris Coons Readies Bill To Offset Costs Of War Against Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of a Senate committee vote to authorize military force against Islamic State militants, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is readying an a...

Report on CIA Torture Shows Need for Limiting ISIS AUMF

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

In the absence of greater agitation, limitation and oversight, the national security establishment is likely to get worse, not better, in terms of its accountability to democratic control and the rule of law.

Jennifer Bendery

Senators To John Kerry: We're Moving Forward On War Authorization Without You

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry came to the Senate on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUM...

Sometimes Congress Needs a Kick in the A*#

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Even if outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not schedule a floor debate on an AUMF this week, as is likely, at least the Foreign Relations Committee will have gotten the ball rolling by voting and passing a resolution. That's the most Americans can hope for from the 113th Congress.

Michael McAuliff

Senators Demand Obama Get Permission For War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two progressive senators declared Friday that President Barack Obama lacks authority for his growing war on the Islamic State, and are d...

Jennifer Bendery

Rand Paul Forces Last-Minute Debate On War Authorization

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A surprise move by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is driving action on an issue that many in Congress, and the White House, were hoping to punt ...

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Defense Bill That Helps Partner Of Iran, Ignores New War

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a defense bill that ducked the debate on new military action in Iraq and Syria, but did ...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama, Congress Ready To Leave Washington Without Any Debate On War Authorization

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers race to get out of Washington next week for the holidays, they're sending a clear message that the role of Congress in auth...

Obama Open To Limits In War Authorization: Aide

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of g...

Congress Waits On Obama For Vote On Islamic State War Authorization

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of g...

Congress Should Reject War Authorization Against Islamic State: Tell President No to Stupid War

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

President Barack Obama finally is obeying the law. He wants Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State. That's what the Constitution requires.

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...

Ali Watkins

Foreign Policy Issues Becoming A Headache? There's An AUMF For That

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress wrestles with its role in authorizing the president to use military force overseas, a quick look through the archives reveal...

Communication

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

It is one thing when you are writing for a specialized audience that understands your terminology, but when you have to include legends to explain your terms at the end of articles written expressly for your target audience, I believe we can safely assume we have passed the point of diminishing returns.

$5 Billion for Iraq-Syria War? Three Reasons to Oppose

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The annual "base" budget of the Pentagon is half a trillion dollars. That's the money that the Pentagon gets if it fights no wars.

Obama To Seek New War Powers From Congress To Fight ISIS

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would work with Congress on new war powers to fight Islamic State militants and expressed...

Profiles In Cowardice

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The United States Congress is currently abdicating one of its most solemn duties: declaring when America is at war, and with whom. This is nothing short of disgraceful, and every member of Congress who didn't actively push their leadership to hold a vote should be ashamed of themselves right now.

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 ...

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...

GOP Rep Doesn't Want 'Another Half-Pregnant War'

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero & Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after President Barack Obama revealed his strategy to defeat the Islamic State, one GOP congressman spoke out in defens...

A New AUMF: What Is the Obama Administration Afraid of?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Either the president needs some new faces in the Office of Legal Counsel, or his team needs to do what many of his allies on Capitol Hill are calling for: Ask Congress to grant new statutory authority for the military campaign against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria. What is the administration afraid of?

Michael McAuliff

Bill Would Authorize War On ISIS, But End Endless War On Terror

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as it declares war on the so-called Islamic State, a bill proposed in Congress would also try to extricate the United States from t...

Zach Carter

Lobbyists For Syrian Rebels To Woo Congress For Funding In Closed-Door Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists for the Free Syrian Army will meet with members of Congress and staffers from both political parties in a closed-door meeting ...

Congress Beware: The 2001 AUMF Could Become Permanent

Shoon Murray | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Shoon Murray

Congress did not intend for the 2001 AUMF to be a decades-long, open-ended, handing over of war authority for use against any terrorist group a president may deem dangerous.