• Why Trump’s national emergency plan could present a ‘major constitutional test’
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    Why Trump’s national emergency plan could present a ‘major constitutional test’

    JUDY WOODRUFF: And we take a deeper look now at the president’s authority to declare a national emergency to fund that southern border wall with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. He was the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton administration. He went on to serve as President Clinton’s chief of staff. He joins us now from Monterey, California. Secretary Panetta, thank you for joining us again. First of all, do you think the president has the constitutional authority to declare a national emergency over this issue that he’s concerned about, the southern border? LEON PANETTA, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense: Well, there’s no question…

  • 10 Years of the NT Intervention – Behind the News
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    10 Years of the NT Intervention – Behind the News

    JACK: In the aftermath of a natural disaster, when a lot of people need urgent help, sometimes an emergency is declared. It usually means the military can be called in and money becomes available to try to make things better quickly. But in June 2007, an emergency was declared for a very different reason. The release of a report saying a lot of Indigenous kids in the Northern Territory weren’t being treated very well and weren’t being looked after properly. I have called this news conference to announce a number of major measures to deal with what we can only describe as a national emergency. The prime minister of the…