The 1973 War Powers Resolution has a very important provision that legislates for when the president has introduced armed forces into unauthorized hostilities, as has occurred in Yemen. In such circumstances, a single member of Congress can force a debate and a vote on the military action; this debate and vote cannot be blocked by the leadership of either house. It is unfortunate that the major media have given so little attention to the battle in Congress, because that is how the war in Yemen will be ended and potentially millions of lives saved. But most journalists seem to accept the imperial presidency as a political reality. They do not seem to realize that Congress has constitutional authority over decisions of war and peace. Its motivation to reclaim that authority is growing day by day. The implications of this shift would be historic.
In less than five months, Mexico will have a presidential election that is described by media commentators as a perilous undertaking. The problem, according to the pundits and the Trump administration, is that the leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador could well be Mexico’s next president. But is his possible election really such a threat? It is difficult to say how much he could do if elected, given the forces arrayed against him. But if there is a reform candidate in the race, it is López Obrador.