White House: States of emergency are just formalities

April 9, 2015 2:16 PM

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WASHINGTON — President Obama has declared or renewed 32 different states of national emergency during his presidency, allowing him to use extraordinary power to impose sanctions, freeze assets or blockade other nations.

Those emergency declarations all come with ominous-sounding warnings that foreign governments, terrorist groups or criminal organizations pose an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security" of the United States.

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