President Obama To Seek Syria Vote in Congress

In a speech to America earlier today, President Obama announced that he will seek a vote in Congress on striking Syria, effecting shutting down the speculation that he would order a strike without Congressional approval. Obama said in his Rose Garden speech, delivered with Vice President Biden at his side, that he had “decided that the United States should use force but would wait for a vote from lawmakers, who are not due to return to town until Sept. 9.” Mr. Obama said he believed he had the authority to act on his own, but he did not say whether he would if Congress rejects his plan. “I’m prepared to give that order,” Mr. Obama said. “But having made my … Continue reading

Looking Towards 2016

It feels like election 2016 is so far away, yet if you are a potential candidate for the presidential primaries, you’ve got to be working your game now. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been doing just that recently. Yesterday she “issued biting criticism of Republican-backed voter ID laws during a speech to a group of lawyers.” Clinton said her appearance at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association marked the beginning of a speaking series she’ll embark upon that will also include an address on the United States’ national security policies next month in Philadelphia. Clinton said the September address would focus of issues of “transparency and balance.” The former top diplomat had not yet publicaly addressed … Continue reading

Sandy Hook and Gun Control: Will This Time Be Different?

  It has now been one month since twenty 6-and-7-year-old children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The grief and outrage following this second deadliest school shooting in US history was predictable – and also perhaps different. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999 there have been more than forty School shootings in the United States, including Virginia Tech where 33 were killed. In his remarks at the Newtown memorial service the President referred to four mass shootings that have occurred on his watch: “Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the … Continue reading