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November 14, 2017

Congress Publicly Examines Launch Authorities For First Time Since 1976, After Wasted Nixon Started Nuclear Panic

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The feud between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has the potential to fuel a Constitutional power struggle. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair presided over a hearing on Tuesday to explore the President’s legal authority to launch nuclear weapons. Corker said he wanted to explore “the realities of our system.” Democrats thanked Corker for holding the hearing. A number of them noted concerns about President Trump’s tempestuous behavior. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) invoked worries about Trump’s mental stability, for example. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)…

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