The Last Mile
The Last Mile
Barack Obama responded to the financial crisis by working with Congress and the Federal Reserve to stabilize the economy. He adjusted existing precedents about dealing with terrorists, setting new baselines for the terror war. He bombed Libya without congressional authorization. He did seek authorization to deal with Syria. He unilaterally engaged in drone and cyber warfare, and used special forces to kill bin Laden. He used the National Security Agency to search for terror plots. Constitutional law is underdeveloped regarding these national security matters. He protected state secrets and prosecuted leaks aggressively. He sponsored health care reform and successfully defended the constitutionality of Obamacare in the Supreme Court. He struggled with Congress over the budget and the debt ceiling, leading to a government shutdown. He eventually supported gay rights. He used executive orders when Congress would not provide new authority.
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