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The soon-to-be-retired Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is no longer playing around, and will hold a hearing on the presidential authority to launch nuclear weapons. From The Hill:

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced Wednesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would hold a hearing next week on “the executive’s authority to use nuclear weapons.”

“A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,” Corker said in a statement announcing the Nov. 14 hearing.

“This continues a series of hearings to examine these issues and will be the first time since 1976 that this committee or our House counterparts have looked specifically at the authority and process for using U.S. nuclear weapons,” he continued. “This discussion is long overdue, and we look forward to examining this critical issue.”

The announcement came the same day Donald Trump was in Seoul delivering a warning to North Korea, “do not try us.” In August, Trump delivered an alarming warning that even caught Republicans by surprise, when he ominously threatened a nuclear strike on North Korea, saying North Korea threatened the U.S., they would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Should Congress rein in the presidential authority to unilaterally launch a nuclear strike?

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