A new report from the Congressional Research Service considers the legal underpinning of U.S. military action against the so-called Islamic State, including the sources and limits of presidential authority, and the relevance of past Authorizations for Use of Military Force. See U.S. Military Action Against the Islamic State: Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions, September 9, 2014.
See also Considerations for Possible Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State, CRS Insights, September 9, 2014, and The “Islamic State” Crisis and U.S. Policy, September 10, 2014.
Other new or newly updated CRS products include the following.
Judicial Activity Concerning Enemy Combatant Detainees: Major Court Rulings, updated September 9, 2014
Export-Import Bank Reauthorization: Frequently Asked Questions, updated September 10, 2014
DOJ & Bank of America Enter Biggest Civil Settlement in U.S. History, CRS Legal Sidebar, September 10, 2014
Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment, updated September 8, 2014