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A foreign affairs to-do list for the GOP
A foreign affairs to-do list for the GOP

The “red wave” of the midterms means Republicans will have considerably greater leverage dealing with Barack Obama's waning presidency. In national security matters, however, unlike domestic affairs, Congress confronts important constitutional realities and limitations. How successful Republicans will be depends heavily on their appreciating the constraints regarding foreign and defense policy they face being in the legislative rather than the executive branch. In the “vast external realm,” the Supreme Court has explained, the Framers intended that the president would dominate: “The President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of...

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