Special report: America’s perpetual state of emergency

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The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.

Thirty separate emergencies, in fact.

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.

A post-9/11 state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush — and renewed six times by President Obama — forms the legal basis for much of the war on terror.

Tuesday, President Obama informed Congress he was extending another Bush-era emergency for another year, saying “widespread violence and atrocities” in the Democratic Republic of Congo “pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States.”

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  • DJohn1

    Every city in the country declares emergencies to rapidly promote zoning laws.
    It is the same thing on a bigger scale to bypass the constitutional thing that only Congress can declare war.
    If Congress had to declare war then there wouldn’t be many wars that involve the United States.
    I think we need to do something about the President making laws period.
    That would end a lot of our troubles because Congress does look at election times at what people did while in Congress.
    The unwritten law is not to talk about it.