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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Should Congress Have a Say In Further ISIS Airstrikes?

Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

President Obama’s administration is weighing whether to expand military action in Iraq into Syria, against the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS.

Some members of Congress say the president needs their authorization to move forward. NPR’s Carrie Johnson joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer to talk about whether President Obama legally needs congressional authorization to expand military action.

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  • Rick

    Since you forgot to mention, I will add that Obama is taking time away from his duties to attend Democratic fundraisers today. Shows where hours priorities are.

  • Cacimo

    Johnson stated that not asking for congressional approval would leave President Obama “open to charges of hypocrisy”. WHAT. His entire Presidency has been one of hypocrisy. Start with his refusal to accept public financing during the campaign, follow that with his appointments – half of which come from Goldman Sachs. Add in his threats to give status to millions of illegals despite his own statements just a year ago that he does not have the authority. The Obama Presidency has been one of the most hypocritical during our lifetimes – the media just chose to ignore it.

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