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The procedure was finally authorized by the Supreme Court in September when it dismissed a months-long legal bid by Franco's family to stop it.

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A. It has become customary for one or more opposition party leaders to issue a response to the address on major television networks. Republican Congressmen Everett Dirksen and Gerald Ford gave the first opposition rebuttal in a program that aired five days after Johnson’s 1966 address. Responses in English and Spanish to the same address have delivered different messages. In 2015, Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s Spanish-language response to Obama’s address encouraged immigration reform, while Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) did not touch on immigration in her English version.

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The opposition scored a stunning landslide victory in 2015 legislative elections amid growing frustration with Maduro's handling of the economy. Opposition leaders vowed to seek his ouster through constitutional means, but the government-stacked Supreme Court has stopped them at every turn.

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If President Obama ever does get around to targeting Syria, with congressional approval, it will be the strangest U.S. military strike in rece…

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