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Here’s why Trump’s emergency declaration will fail — even though past presidents got away with it: Harvard Law professor

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A Harvard Law professor and co-founder of the Lawfare blog pointed out Friday that prior presidents declared national emergencies when no emergency was evident — but that Donald Trump’s has one key difference that makes it likely to fail.

Presidents, Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith tweeted, have “always had discretion” when it comes to emergencies and “they’ve often declared emergencies under circumstances short of necessity, to address a real problem but not an emergency as understood in common parlance.”

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In 1992, influential George W. Bush administration official John Yoo and his colleague Harold Hongju Koh wrote in the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository that presidents “have declared national emergencies with little regard to whether a real emergency has actually existed.”

As Goldsmith noted, that statement “has not changed” in the three decades since the paper was published.

With his national emergency declaration over the border wall Friday, Trump is continuing to build “on very broad congressional delegations and past presidential practices,” the Harvard Law professor wrote.

Nevertheless, Trump showed his hand in ways other presidents haven’t — and that might make all the difference.

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“Trump makes what he is doing seem, and in reality be, much worse because he suggests openly that there is no real emergency (‘I didn’t need to do this’), instead of (as past presidents did) hiding the ball or using more effective rhetoric in a less divisive context,” Goldsmith wrote.

Quoting an Atlantic article he wrote in October 2017, the professor noted that Trump, time and again, “hurts himself – legally if not otherwise – by his lack of hypocrisy.”

“As in many contexts,” Goldsmith concluded, “Trump by his willingness to push the envelope, combined with his shamelessness and lack of hypocrisy, shines the brightest of lights on how much power Congress has given away, and how much extraordinary power presidents have amassed.”

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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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