Eve Levin  //  10/31/17  //  Topic Update


Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced his retirement from the Senate in a speech on the Senate floor that sharply criticized President Trump (NYTPoliticoWaPo).

  • The text of the speech is available here.
  • Senator Flake’s retirement is a “sad day for the Republic,” writes David Boaz at Cato@Liberty.
  • The retirement is a “white flag in the face of Trumpism,” contends Aaron Blake at the Washington Post.
  • The speech was one of the great speeches in recent Senate history, writes Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare.

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While the President holds an obligation to ensure faithful execution of the laws, Congress holds sole authority to appropriate resources for that power’s exercise and is therefore not duty-bound to provide resources necessary for the executive branch’s fulfillment of its constitutional functions.

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