The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 wasn’t the first time the U.S. had to deal with presidential succession. In fact, there had already been seven times that a vice president assumed the presidency due to the president’s death.
Tuesday night, delivering his third State of the Union, Barack Obama has a choice. His could join the long list of predictable addresses, forgotten by daybreak. Or he could do something that might, if only for the moment, stifle his critics and provide the nation with a blueprint for a still young century.
On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of 10 House members filed a lawsuit against the president challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission. At issue are the requirements of the War Powers Act of 1973.