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The Looming Crisis of Emergency Powers and the 2020 Election

The Looming Crisis of Emergency Powers and the 2020 Election

(This article was first published in Just Security) By Mark Medish and Joel McCleary The future of electoral democracy in the United States is, without exaggeration, at risk. While a global pandemic and economic meltdown could provide a pretext for this threat, it does not come from abroad. Instead the threat comes from our own...

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‘Potentially Dangerous Situation’: Congress Must Revisit National Emergencies Act

‘Potentially Dangerous Situation’: Congress Must Revisit National Emergencies Act

The National Emergencies Act is a little- known law that’s been getting a lot of attention. Passed in 1976, the law empowers the president to declare a “National Emergency,” which gives him or her statutory authority to transfer surplus weapons, deploy troops for disaster response, and the like. The law is so often invoked–an average...

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