Summary Michael Gwyther-Jones/flickrPresident Obama is looking to use the never repealed authorization of the use of military force in Iraq to justify airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has meanwhile released video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 The former member of rowdy blues-rockers Dr. Feelgood launched what he said would be a farewell tour after being diagnosed in 2012 with incurable pancreatic cancer. Accepting a trophy Wednesday at the Q Awards in London, Johnson, 67, said that after meeting a doctor "curious as to why I'm not dead," he had undergone radical surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumor.
Summary With independent candidates running competitively in U.S. Senate races in Kansas and South Dakota, there's renewed speculation about which party Maine's independent U.S. senator, Angus King , might caucus with if the Senate is close to evenly divided come January. "I could be wrong," Mr. Sanders continued, "but my guess is that will not be the Republican Party."
Summary Officials of the No More Project said Wednesday that the players will appear in video and print PSAs to shed light on the issues. The new video PSAs will premiere during "Thursday Night Football" this week when the San Diego Chargers play the Denver Broncos.
Summary A large explosion near a bus station in northern Nigeria left five people dead and 12 others injured, police said Thursday morning. The blast occurred Wednesday night in Azare town in Bauchi state, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) north of the capital, Abuja, police spokesman Mohammed Haruna wrote in an e-mailed statement.