National Review / Digital
Obama vs. the Constitution
The rule of law is on the ballot


In May, the Obama administration’s IRS announced that it would make the credits and subsidies available to federally established exchanges. Defenders of its stance argue that Congress meant to accomplish this result, even if it did not actually write that desire into law. The IRS is thus placing new taxes on employers in states that have not set up exchanges even though no statute authorizes those taxes.

Libya. The Constitution vests Congress with the power to declare war. It does not require it to follow a particular verbal formula in doing so. The Iraq and Afghan wars followed the constitutional command even though Congress did not formally declare war, because Congress did authorize war. In Libya, however, Congress never voted for the military to do anything.

September 10, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, NO. 17

Republican Convention Special
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Sean Trende reviews An American Son: A Memoir, by Marco Rubio, and The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Roig-Franzia.
  • Ross Douthat reviews The Queen of Versailles.
  • Richard Brookhiser evaluates the transatlantic exchange.
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .