So That Happened: Obama Asks Congress If It's Okay That He Started Fighting ISIS

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on legislation he sent to Congress to authorize the use of military force (A
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on legislation he sent to Congress to authorize the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State with U.S. Vice President Joseph 'Joe' Biden, left, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Obama formally asked Congress to authorize military action against Islamic State, saying the extremist group has committed 'despicable acts of violence' and would threaten the U.S. if not confronted. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

So, that happened: This week, America's ongoing battle with the Islamic State reached a new stage, specifically that stage where the president finally gets around to asking Congress if it's okay with them that he started a war six months ago. HuffPost's Jen Bendery joins us to give us the skinny on the latest edition of warmaking as a legislative farce.

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Some highlights from this week:

"Congress is in this place where, as one senator told me this week, they like to beat their chests and say 'We're the ones who control war authorization. It's the constitutional right of Congress to do this. We're the ones. We have the power. But ... we don't really want to do it. So, Obama did this. This is Obama's war.'" -- Jen Bendery

Meanwhile, closer to home, we have governors behaving badly: Sam Brownback of Kansas wants gays to experience workplace discrimination. Wisconsin's Scott Walker isn't sure he has the guts to talk about middle school science. And have you heard about all the nonsense that just brought about the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber? We run down the nonsense.

"It's been a weird uptick this week in governors kind of cold f*cking up left and right. Right?" -- Jason Linkins

Finally, famous media people are leaving their famous media jobs. But did they jump, or were they pushed?

"Brian Williams -- and this is true for most news celebrities -- he's only kind of famous. The only people who know who he is are old. He is on the "Nightly News." Nobody watches that except for people over 65, so he's not even a real celebrity." -- Zach Carter

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