Summary Michael Gwyther-Jones/flickrPresident Obama is looking to use the never repealed authorization of the use of military force in Iraq to justify airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has meanwhile released video purporting to show the beheading of another British hostage.
Summary When Congress passed an Authorization for Use of Military Force after the 9/11 attacks, virtually every legislator in Washington voted for it--even Ron Paul, though he expressed some misgivings . But the part of the article that I want to highlight comes when he sums up at the end:.
Summary Some constitutional scholars, and some members of Congress, have been skeptical, even dismissive . Under the AUMF, the president would plainly have the authority to use force against both. Keep in mind that the group insists it is the true inheritor of the legacy of Osama bin Laden.
Summary A top Democrat will unveil legislation this week authorizing the Obama administration to use military force in the fight against Islamic militants in the Middle East. Even as President Obama is claiming he has the unilateral authority to go after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, argues that the White House needs the explicit approval of Congress to launch what "amounts to war."
Summary Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the United States had specifically requested Australia contribute to an international strike against the militants, who have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. Mr Abbott said around 200 troops would be sent to the United Arab Emirates within days, including a Special Forces contingent "that could act as military advisers to the Iraqi armed forces or to the Peshmerga".
Summary TIME reports that news of this "comes just months National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the AUMF was no longer operative." When questioned about how the administration could rely on a force authorization it is simultaneously seeking to repeal, a "senior...official" told TIME that the administration believes they can use the 2001 AUMF, "to allow the U.S. to strike Al Qaeda, to justify the strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria." .
Summary Speaking from his campsite base in north-east Arnhem Land, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to rule out the use of military force in Syria as part of a mission against Islamic State militants. The prime minister did not specify whether the act would make it unlawful for Australians to fight for the Free Syrian Army, which the US is arming in the fight against IS and Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.
Summary House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have been working together on a cross-chamber strategy designed to keep their party ranks united and move swiftly toward passage of the measure.
Summary Asked during an impromptu hallway interview with a gaggle of reporters whether the House would be working on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat Islamic State terrorists, McCarthy said that "after November," he thought there would be an "opportunity" to at least debate an AUMF.
Summary The planned response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as presented by the president on Sept. 10, places too much emphasis on military force and risks the sort of negative outcome suggested by satirists.
Summary A newspaper vendor holds up a copy of the NY Post in front of the entrance to Bellevue Hospital October 24, 2014 in New York, the morning after it was confirmed that Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, who recently returned to New York from West Africa tested positive for Ebola.
Summary Egypt's President has called an urgent meeting to deal with the security situation in North Sinai. (CNN) -- At least 27 Egyptian security personnel were killed in a car bombing in the country's Sinai region, according to the Egyptian state media agency al Ahram.
Summary A Westmont man was ordered held on a $5 million bond Friday after being charged with vandalizing a synagogue in Lombard earlier in the week. John White, 40, was charged with a hate crime, criminal damage to property, a weapons violation and institutional vandalism, authorities said.
Summary A federal jury took less than an hour Friday to find Warren Ballentine guilty. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1t9cwNw) prosecutors showed Ballentine, who broadcast from Durham, North Carolina, and others used straw buyers to secure mortgages on 28 properties they never intended to live in.