Harold’s Koh’s grudging defense of the domestic legal basis for President’s Obama’s use of force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is important. It adds little new to other defenses of the President’s position – a legal position, I have argued in past posts, is politically stupid and constitutionally imprudent but nonetheless legally defensible under Article II and the 2002 AUMF (but not the 2001 AUMF).
Right now the biggest lawsuit in town is found in the multiple actions brought to set aside the Third Amendment to the Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement (SPSPA) that was entered into between the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) and the United States Department of Treasury on August 17, 2012.
A year ago today, the Hoover Institution and the Brookings Institution held an unusual joint conference on the financial crisis, where twenty-four economists and legal scholars reexamined the crisis, its effect on the US economy, and possible policy reforms. The participants were spread between two venues: Hoover at Stanford and Brookings in Washington.
So reports the Associated Press this morning. This story stating the obvious upshot of President Obama’s doomed Guantanamo policy has a few interesting aspects to it, but fails to put Guantanamo policy in the broader context of a legal framework that President Obama has talked about putting in place, or how recent events with respect to ISIL further undermine any remaining efforts to close Guantanamo.
PARIS — The European countries that have joined the U.S. air war on Islamic terrorists fight in a spirit of allied unity. But they are also driven by a mounting fear that their citizens who have fought for the jihadists in Syria and Iraq may soon return home to form an “enemy within” and mount a European 9/11.
Taking a break from his exhausting schedule of rounds of golf and political fundraisers, last week President Obama gave several major speeches at the United Nations. He was characteristically disingenuous, but there was a kernel of wisdom among the chaff: “Lofty rhetoric and good intentions are not enough,” he said.
Sir, You write (editorial, September 26) that economics courses too often begin with “how rational agents interact in frictionless markets”, and only later proceed to “anti-competitive practices or unstable financial markets”. This is not so: the problem is quite the opposite. All introductory textbooks quickly cover imperfect markets and the government interventions required to correct them.
The Hoover Institution Press today released NAFTA at 20, edited by Hoover senior fellow and renowned economist Michael Boskin. NAFTA at 20 offers a unique compilation of perspectives from US, Canadian, and Mexican economists, historians, and policy makers of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and examines its conception, creation, outcomes so far, and future.
As Islamic State militants fight their way toward the Syrian-Turkish border, the Turkish government is considering sending ground forces to combat the extremists in Iraq and Syria. The Turkish parliament is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation that would send ground troops, open military bases in Turkey to foreign forces and establish a no-fly zone over Syrian airspace, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said.