The situation today between the United States and Libya is tenuous at best, but a look back at our Libyan invasion in 1805 shows a president and Congress who authorized military activities without a war declaration.
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Today marks the anniversary of the last state to join the union, as Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. But in three months, Puerto Rico faces a similar vote to become the 51st state.
As the United States Post Office misses key financial payments, critics and supporters speculate about bankruptcy or worse for an institution that predates the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Mid-May marks two key anniversaries in the conflict between the United States and Mexico in 1846 that set in motion the Civil War – and led to California, Texas and eight other states joining the Union.
It may be that, when the Supreme Court rules on state power to monitor and restrict the activities of people who have entered the U.S. illegally and remain without permission, the Justices will give states additional authority.