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September 01, 2013


Obama Gives Back Power to Congress

Walter Shapiro says that whatever President Obama's "underlying motivations and however the Syrian vote plays out on Capitol Hill, the president's decision to go to Congress represents an historic turning point. It may well be the most important presidential act on the Constitution and war-making powers since Harry Truman decided to sidestep Congress and not seek their backing to launch the Korean war."

"Just a few days ago, before Obama's decision was known, legal scholars from both the right and the left were in agreement that waging war over Syria - no matter how briefly - without congressional approval would bend the Constitution beyond recognition."












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