Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how the fundamental question of how war powers are shared between the President and Congress remains an issue in constitutional conflict.
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On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress at the request of House Speaker John Boehner. The event has set off a debate over whether Netanyahu’s appearance is an unconstitutional intrusion upon the President’s foreign policy powers.
A new two-year term starts for Congress on Tuesday, as Republicans take control of the House and the Senate. So what happens inside the Capitol when a new session starts under the Constitution?
The Obama administration’s move to end a decades-long feud with Cuba’s Castro regime is shaping up as the next big tug-of-war between the executive and legislative branches.
Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.