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    Senator Kaine on Military Force Against Terrorists

    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) called on President Obama to seek authorization from Congress before taking military action against ISIL. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also…

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    House Debate on U.S. in Iraq

    The House debated a resolution that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a “sustained combat role” without congressional approval. The measure…

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    House Debate on War Powers

    Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) debated the power of Congress to determine when the U.S. engages in war.

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    U.S. Use of Military Force

    Panelists talked about the U.S. use of military force. Following the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress gave the President permission to use force to hold accountable…

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    Presidential Address on Use of Force in Syria

    President Obama addressed the nation on the use of military force in response to chemical weapons attacks on civilian targets in Syria, a proposal by Russia and Syria to turn control of…

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    Use of Military Force in Syria

    Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Defense Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey testified about the Obama administration’s request for authorization for the use of force in…

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    Senator Barbara Mikulski on Syria

    Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) spoke about a proposed resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria for chemical weapons attacks against civilians.

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    President Obama, Congress, and Military Action in Syria

    Former State and Defense Department officials and a former CIA analyst talked about the possibility of U.S. military strikes on Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons against…

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    Senate Markup on Military Force in Syria

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked up and approved a resolution on authorization for the use of military force in Syria in response to use of chemical weapons against civilians…

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    House Hearing on Military Force in Syria

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the Obama administration’s response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, including President Obama’s request for an…

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    Authorization for Use of Military Force in Syria

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Joint Chiefs Chair Martin Dempsey testified on the Obama administrations’s case for the use of force against…

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    Use of Military Force in Syria

    President Obama spoke to reporters before a meeting with congressional leaders on U.S. military force in response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the impact on executive branch powers of President Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval before taking action in response to…

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    Senators McCain and Graham on Syria

    Following their meeting with President Obama at the White House, Senators (R-AZ) and Graham (R-SC) spoke with reporters and answered questions about the president’s plan to seek…

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    Jeremy Mayer on War Powers Act

    Jeremy Mayer talked about the War Powers Act, which offers the president limited authority to engage in military conflict. He discussed how the act would be tested in light of current…

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    President Obama on Syria

    President Obama addressed the nation about U.S. response to Syrian use of chemical weapons. He detailed why he had decided that the U.S. “should take military action against…

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    Violence in the Pre-Civil War Congress

    Yale history professor Joanne Freeman and University of Chicago political science professor William Howell are interviewed about acts of violence in the U.S. Congress leading up to the…

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    The Power to Declare War

    Michael Whitten and Danial Gebreili’s video, The Power to Declare War, was one of the third prize high school winners in C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam documentary…

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    U.S. Military Action in Libya

    Harold Koh testified that the War Powers Act of 1973 did not apply to U.S. involvement in Libya and that President Obama did not need congressional authority for continued support of the…

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    U.S. Military Action in Libya Resolution Markup

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked up a resolution introduced by Senators Kerry (D-MA) and McCain (R-AZ). It authorized U.S. military action in Libya for one year and barred U.S.…

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