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Supreme Court backs president's foreign policy powers in passport dispute

Supreme Court backs president's foreign policy powers in passport dispute

— In striking down a law that allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to have their birthplace recorded as "Israel," the Supreme Court on Monday bolstered the constitutional role of the president in setting the nation's foreign policy. In a 6-3 ruling, the justices declared the executive office, not Congress, has the "exclusive power" to recognize foreign governments and negotiate sensitive disputes. They agreed with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush that the 2002 law infringed the power of the president and the secretary of state to resolve the long-running dispute over the status of the ancient city. The ruling is a defeat for the parents of...

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