December 4, 1990 |
The Constitution, though vague on many points, is quite clear on one: "Congress shall have the power . . . to declare war." Yet the White House says President Bush can begin a war against Iraq on his own authority. Bush has promised only to "consult" with congressional leaders but not to seek a formal vote of approval by Congress. If the President is violating the Constitution, why doesn't someone go to court and force him to stop?
November 15, 1990 |
President Bush, seeking to mute congressional criticism of his Persian Gulf policies, assured key lawmakers Wednesday that war with Iraq is not imminent and that he will give sanctions more time to compel an Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait. After a week of mounting doubt, confusion and criticism of Bush's decision to almost double the number of U.S.
October 16, 1990 |
Airlines that boldly advertise low fares but mention extra charges only in tiny type cannot be attacked for deceptive advertising under state laws, according to a ruling that the Supreme Court let stand Monday. The high court refused to hear an appeal by attorneys from 34 states, including California, who contended that the airlines are misleading consumers through deceptive ads. In April, a U.S. appeals court in New Orleans ruled that airline ads are off-limits to state law.
October 15, 1990 |
At a luncheon speech in Akron, Ohio, last month, George Bush came out breathing fire, blaming congressional Democrats for blocking a budget agreement and threatening to campaign against them "in every state in the union." But by dinnertime, at a stop in Chicago, the President was sounding a different tune: Warned that some of his charges had angered key Democrats and jeopardized prospects for reaching a budget compromise, the President sought to soothe the opposition leaders' feelings.
September 19, 1990 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down an unusual attempt by Congress to bar legal challenges by environmentalists to logging plans they see as a threat to the northern spotted owl and the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3 to 0 that a key provision of a 1989 federal law violated the Constitution by prohibiting courts from deciding whether logging plans met environmental standards.
March 23, 1990 |
In a rare televised speech, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on Thursday urged Canadians to "join together," and he proposed ways of resolving linguistic and constitutional arguments that have raised the possibility of Quebec splitting off from the rest of Canada. In an attempt at compromise, Mulroney said he will introduce a new set of constitutional amendments into the Canadian House of Commons next week.
March 23, 1990 |
The White House, which proposed elevating the Environmental Protection Agency to Cabinet level, declared Thursday that it opposes the House bill to bring about the change because it contains provisions that "raise serious constitutional concerns." In particular, the Administration said it objects to creating a semi-independent Bureau of Environmental Statistics over which the executive branch would have limited control.
March 15, 1990 |
Mikhail S. Gorbachev was elected today as the Soviet Union's first executive president, a powerful post with a sweeping mandate that Gorbachev wanted to pursue broader and bolder reforms. In an overnight election, the Congress of People's Deputies voted 1,329 to 495 for Gorbachev, who was unopposed for the post.
March 8, 1990 |
In what could become a major constitutional clash, senior advisers to President Bush are urging him to defy Congress and spend $2.2 billion of the Pentagon's budget according to Administration preferences rather than those mandated by lawmakers, Administration and congressional sources said Wednesday. At a White House meeting late last week, a majority of senior Administration officials present argued that much of the $2.
February 22, 1990 |
Debate is growing in the Soviet Union over President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's proposals to strengthen the presidency, with some warning that the Kremlin may be creating legal mechanisms that eventually could turn the country into a dictatorship. Others argue that the Soviet Union is being transformed so radically and quickly that it threatens to slide into chaos unless the president is given broad new powers to control the changes.