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.
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Imagine opening your mailbox to find a note that reads, “Show all mail to [supervisor] for copying prior to going out on the street.” Last year, one man did just that, leading to the discovery of secret surveillance programs for U.S. snail mail.
Is President Barack Obama redefining the Constitution by limiting congressional input into military actions against the terror organization ISIL? Leading experts Ilya Somin and John Yoo join Jeffery Rosen to discuss a complex constitutional issue.
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.
How long can President Obama take military action against ISIS forces without extended approval from Congress? We may know that answer to that question soon.