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AUMF

A Fast Track to Nowhere: ‘Expedited Procedures’ and the New AUMF Proposal

The new draft AUMF promotes greater transparency and congressional involvement in deciding on the scope of U.S. counterterrorism operations, but it primarily serves to give Congress political leverage. As a legal matter, it leaves the president firmly in control.

Executive Power

Transcript: President Trump's Remarks on Syria Airstrikes

Below is a transcript of President Trump's remarks announcing airstrikes in Syria this evening. The government has also released an assessment of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, also included below.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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          For Immediate Release                                                April 13, 2018

War Powers

Document: White House Legal and Policy Frameworks for Use of Military Force

The New York Times has published the White House's unclassified "Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States' Use of Military Force for National Security Operations." As Scott Anderson and Alison Murphy noted earlier today on Lawfare, the report notes a previously undisclosed military encounter between U.S. forces and forces associated with the Islamic State on Dec. 6 of last year.

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