From Democracy Now's Tuesday headlines
At least 15 air strikes struck the city earlier today, triggering massive explosions. The bombing comes as the United States and its NATO allies are throwing more support behind [anti-government forces]. The U.S. State Department’s top Middle East envoy, Jeffrey Feltman, has reportedly visited their headquarters in Benghazi.
France and Britain have announced plans to deploy attack helicopters for operations against pro-government fighters.
The Libyan government reported three civilians deaths and 150 wounded.
The Obama administration is facing questions over whether the U.S. role in the attack on Libya is violating federal law. Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the President has 60 days to deploy the armed forces without congressional approval.
The White House has maintained that it does not need congressional backing for what it calls a ‘limited’ operation like the Libya attack; but last week a group of Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama about the 60-day deadline, urging him to seek congressional approval.
“Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, says the Libya operation marks the first time any president has violated the War Powers Resolution’s provisions on either the 60-day window or on obtaining congressional backing.”
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