FROM Warren Christopher
National War Powers Commission Report The Constitution gives the Congress the power to declare war and names the President as the Commander in Chief. But Truman intervened in Korea and Johnson went to war in Vietnam without even consulting Congress. In 1973, the War Powers Resolution was passed to require such consultation, but everybody agrees it has not been effective. Now, the National War Powers Commission , chaired by former Secretaries of State James Baker (R) and Warren Christopher (D), says there's a better way. They want a law requiring consultation for "significant armed conflict," creating a new, joint committee with permanent staff and time lines for up-or-down votes on whether to go to war.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.