Current law constraining the President: a series on Congress’s options to limit arms sales and aid to Saudi Arabia, part 2

The White House’s Saudi policy implicates at least four pieces of existing legislation. If the President refuses to obey them or cuts corners, Congress can bring him to heel directly via impeachment, or indirectly through court orders that force executive branch agencies to halt the restricted activity.

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Facing a President’s veto: a series on Congress’s options to limit arms sales and aid to Saudi Arabia, part 1

Even without a two-thirds majority, Congressional representatives determined to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its flagrant violations of international law could dodge the veto and limit the President’s actions by enforcing existing laws that nominally prevent the U.S. from supporting states that violate human rights.

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News Roundup: Algerian military hints at intervention as protests continue, US Senate votes to end support for war in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia terrorism court tries women’s rights activists

Algerian military hints at intervention as protests continue, US Senate votes to end support for war in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia terrorism court tries women’s rights activists.

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News Roundup: Algeria’s Bouteflika backs out of elections amid protests, Palestinian Authority President Abbas names new PM as Gaza protests continue, Turkey and Russia deepen cooperation in Syria

Algeria’s Bouteflika backs out of elections after weeks of protest, Palestinian Authority President Abbas names new PM as Gaza protests continue, and Turkey and Russia deepen cooperation in Syria.

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