President Abraham Lincoln altered the course of the Civil War and American society when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. But the Proclamation had its roots in a key announcement made on September 22, 1862.
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In this two-part commentary, Robert F. Turner from the University of Virginia looks at some points of fact and law in the debate over executive power and American involvement in fighting terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, says the Executive Branch’s powers could become more profound if Congress approves military actions based on uncertain intelligence information.
In this commentary, Chris Edelson of the American University School of Public Affairs says President Obama must seek congressional approval for strikes against the Islamic State.
President Barack Obama has made a case for how he can act against the terrorist group ISIL without congressional approval under the War Powers Resolution. But as of today, experts were still debating the President’s logic.