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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:09 PM
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Death of the War Powers Act?
by Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway, professors of law and political science at Yale

This week, the War Powers Act confronts its moment of truth. Friday will mark the 60th day since President Obama told Congress of his Libyan campaign. According to the act, that declaration started a 60-day clock: If Obama fails to obtain congressional support for his decision within this time limit, he has only one option end American involvement within the following 30 days.

Obama has not only failed but he hasnt even tried leaving it to Sen. Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, to call for a specific resolution that would give authority. Neither the president nor the Democratic congressional leadership has shown any interest. They have been sleep-walking their way to Day 60.

Obamas politics of silence contrast sharply with clear and consistent legal pronouncements of the executive branch. Richard Nixon vetoed the act in 1973, precisely because it imposed restraints on presidential warmaking. But two-thirds of both houses of Congress overrode his veto, and the presidency soon fell into line. Jimmy Carters Justice Department expressly affirmed the constitutionality of the 60-day clock in 1980 and its verdict has not been challenged by executive-branch lawyers.

Obama has continued this tradition. His March 21 letter to Congress telling of the Libyan campaign stated that it was consistent with the War Powers Resolution. And his Justice Department issued an opinion that acknowledged the 60-day rule without questioning its constitutionality.

Full story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/death-of-the-war...
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Bold Lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:19 PM
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1. Maybe he wants the 60 days to run out.
Gives him an easy out.
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sunwyn Donating Member (268 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:39 PM
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2. Maybe thats why they passed....House Committee Passes Defense Bill Containing Authorization Of World
I found the article about this on Aclu site if I'm not mistaken
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sunwyn Donating Member (268 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:42 PM
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3. damn that posted before I was done
I think this passed that authorised them to wage war anywhere in the world against terrorism. Frighting stuff. And this would be without congresses approval. Here's the link:

http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights-national-security/house...
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