- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A top House Democrat says that President Obama should seek congressional authorization before taking military action against radical Islamic militants in the Middle East.

“I think the president would do well to come to Congress, lay out of the issue and I don’t think he would have any problem getting congressional approval,” Rep. James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

Mr. Clyburn said that he does not believe that Mr. Obama is legally bound to seek congressional approval before moving against the Islamic State terrorist group. But he said that doing so would provide the White House with some political cover.