Obama Does Not Have Authority To Bomb Syria Without Congressional Approval

By: Friday September 12, 2014 6:44 am

Though President Obama made a number of absurd and unsupported claims in his address on ISIS, the one that already launched a thousands tweets is his assertion that he had the authority to bomb Syria without seeking congressional approval. In Obama’s distorted view of the constitution he can launch a military campaign against any country in the world with the justification that Al Qaeda – or some group he tries to tie to Al Qaeda like ISIS – operates within it. It is such an expansive view of the imperial presidency that not even George W. Bush and supporters were willing to claim it (at least publicly).

 

Obama Relegates Congress to Merely Providing Him With Good PR

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 7:25 pm

By far the most depressing part of President Obama’s prime time speech about Syria was when this ‘constitutional scholar’ relegated one of most important checks and balances in our entire political system to simply the job of improving public relations.

Congress Must Vote on Military Action in Syria

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 8:20 am

If we are going to become militarily involved in yet another sovereign nation I demand it is done according to the Constitution. If Congress isn’t willing to vote for it then it shouldn’t happen.

Obama Pursuing Climate Deal Outside Congress, IPCC Warns Climate Change Could Be Irreversible

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 6:45 am

The Obama Administration is pursuing a climate change agreement that does not require ratification by the Senate by combining new voluntary standards with a 1992 agreement. Because the plan would update a previous treaty it would not, in theory, require Senate approval and would be a mix of required domestic policies and voluntary pledges. The agreement is set to be signed at a United Nations summit in Paris in 2015.

Popularity of Congress Remains Extremely Low, but 90% Expected to Win Re-election

By: Monday August 18, 2014 7:50 am

espite historically low approval ratings, at least 90 percent of members are expected to easily win their re-election. Maybe if the system didn’t aggressively insulate most members of Congress from any electoral consequences the institution wouldn’t have become so deeply unpopular.

Under Sanctions American Sales To Russia Increase

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:49 am

Though the US government helped overthrow the elected government in Ukraine and is arming forces in Kiev, it can not make the economic sanctions against Russia work. The primary problem lies with Europe which has little to no interest in cutting off its energy supply from Russia, but another problem is America itself which has actually increased sales to Russia since sanctions were imposed. That’s called failing.

Congress Members and Staffers Blocked From Accessing Website for ‘Hackers on Planet Earth’ (#HopeX) Conference

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 8:55 am

Congress members and their staffers are blocked from accessing the website for the annual Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, according to a screen shot Firedoglake obtained.

A staffer in Congress tried to access the website on July 28, more than a week after the tenth annual conference was held, and got a screen indicating the site had been categorized as a prohibited website.

Wikipedia Bans Congress for a Week After ‘Disruptive’ Edits

By: Friday July 25, 2014 9:59 am

Wikipedia, the online open source encyclopedia that allows users to edit, has banned an IP Address connected to members and staffers from the US House of Representatives for 10 days following a series of edits that followed the creation of @congressedits which posts edits made to Wikipedia coming from an IP address associated with Congress.

Ernst & Young Pays $4 Million to SEC for Illegally Lobbying Congress

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 1:28 pm

Ernst & Young, one the largest and most prestigious accounting firms in the country, has agreed to pay the SEC $4 million to settle charges of illegally lobbying Congress. Though in the institutional role of independent auditor, Ernst & Young employees lobbied congressional staff on behalf of two of their clients providing “prohibited legislative advisory services.”

New Bill in Congress Would Make Wisconsin’s Budget Harder to Balance

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 12:38 pm

A bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives could limit Wisconsin’s flexibility in applying sales tax and make it more difficult to invest in schools and communities, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows.

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