It’s war: how presidents broke it to the American people


Congress has declared war 11 times, Buzzfeed says, but not since World War II even though we’ve been involved in several conflicts.

So how have presidents announced military actions? A look back at how FDR, Reagan and the Bushes did it. Click on the name to watch a video of the speech on YouTube.

Franklin D. Roosevelt:Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. .. I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.


Updated: Add Obama to 79% who want Congress to OK Syria action


Maybe President Obama saw this poll. AP just posted a story saying that the president “abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.”

Original post: This is something voters from both parties can agree on.

A whopping 79% of Americans say President Obama should get congressional approval before striking Syria, an NBC News poll shows. Continue reading


The defense rests

Preston Abrams' mother tries to comfort him as the boy  gets upset while saying good-bye to his dad, during a send off for the 1-214 Field Artillery in Elberton, Ga., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 1-214 Field Artillery will leave Elberton for Mississippi on Feb. 26, 2013 and then deploy to Afghanistan.  AP | The Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds

Preston Abrams’ mother tries to comfort him as the boy says good-bye to his dad, a member of the 1-214 Field Artillery in Elberton, Ga., during a send-off on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 1-214 Field Artillery will be deployed to Afghanistan.
AP | The Athens Banner-Herald


It’s a three-day weekend, do you know where your lawmaker is?

On Friday, Congress got out of Dodge for nine days, and the president took off for a weekend getaway with golf buddies in Florida. Is there time left to dodge the deep cuts when the sequester kicks in on March 1? Continue reading