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How Nancy Pelosi Can Force Congress to Vote on the War Against ISIS

(39) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 9:42 AM

On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi declared that Congress should immediately return to Washington for an up-or-down vote on President Obama's war on the Islamic State. This is a game-changer, since Pelosi has the power to make it happen.

Although she is only the minority leader of the House, the...

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(10) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:38 AM


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Die tragische Wende für Amerika in Deutschland und Japan

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Lange hat es gedauert bis sich Deutschland und Japan vom Zweiten Weltkrieg erholt haben. Ihre Souveränität gewannen die beiden Staaten nach der demütigenden Militärbesatzung nur wieder, indem sie garantierten, künftigen Bedrohungen für den Frieden entgegenzuwirken.

Deshalb waren in der neuen deutschen Verfassung Streitkräfte auch nur für den Fall der...

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America's Tragic Turn in Germany and Japan

(36) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:12 AM

It's taken a long time for Germany and Japan to recover from the Second World War. After enduring the indignity of military occupation, they regained sovereignty only by guaranteeing against future threats to peace. Germany's new constitution only authorized military force in self-defense or in collaboration with collective security agreements....

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Presidential Power Grabs: Their Causes and Cure

(28) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:34 AM

The president's new round of executive orders is generating another cycle of debate over the imperial presidency. Just as Senator Obama condemned President Bush for overreaching, Republican leaders are denouncing present initiatives as lawless. On both occasions, some of these charges were substantial; and some were merely partisan sound bites....

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The White House Begs the Question on Mass Surveillance

(10) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 11:25 AM

The White House report on surveillance makes an important contribution to the escalating debate, but it begs a big question. It finds that the NSA's massive collection of American telephone records "was not essential to preventing attacks and could readily have been obtained in a timely manner." (Report,...

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Republican Peter King Takes the Lead

(276) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 3:50 PM

While the Republican House leadership continues to talk tough, the moderate majority has taken a first big step toward undermining its position. On Saturday, more than 100 Democrats signed a petition discharging a bill from the Rules Committee that would force an up-or-down vote on a "clean"...

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How the Internet Can Save Journalism

(69) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 11:05 AM

The sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos is just the most recent episode in the decline and fall of professional journalism. By selling out to a mega-billionaire without any newspaper experience, the Graham family has put a priceless national asset at the mercy of a single outsider. Perhaps...

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The Supreme Court's War on the Twentieth Century

(568) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Is the Supreme Court about to declare war on the twentieth century?

This is the larger question raised by an escalating series of decisions, starting with the recent Obamacare case. In designing its sweeping reform, Congress relied on 70 years of case-law, emerging from the New Deal, that upheld...

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A New Route Around the Fiscal Cliff

(75) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 8:10 AM

The fiscal cliff represents an opportunity as well as a danger. While a big tax increase might provoke a double-dip recession, even the complete repeal of the Bush tax cuts are only a down-payment in a long-term plan for fiscal balance.

A "grand bargain" should take both the short and...

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Comment Obama peut redonner de l'espoir

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 11:24 AM

La campagne présidentielle manque cruellement d'idées nouvelles. Les candidats n'ont fait que remâcher les mêmes discours fatigués, ne donnant aucun sentiment d'engagement.

Les choses pourraient changer si le Président Obama considérait avec un peu plus de sérieux son discours d'acceptation à la convention et plaçait enfin "une chose qu'on...

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How Obama Might Still Inspire

(99) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:00 AM

The presidential campaign has been utterly lacking in new ideas. Both candidates have been offering tired rehashes that fail to inspire commitment. Things could change if President Obama took his acceptance speech at the Convention seriously and put "something called citizenship" at the core of his campaign. Citizenship, he explained,...

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Roberts Raises the Election Year Stakes

(219) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 9:43 AM

John Roberts' decision on health care places the country at a constitutional crossroads. On the one hand, his majority opinion upholds the greatest expansion of the welfare state since the 1960s. On the other, it undermines the constitutional underpinnings of big government. This makes the current presidential election into a...

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Elect-Your-Match: Computer-Dating Hits the Presidential Election!

(31) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 9:25 AM

Co-authored by Danieli Evans

Millions of Americans use on-line dating sites to search for their perfect mate: Are you a hiker or a homebody? A sports fanatic or a poetry fiend?

After telling the dating service who you're looking for and what you're like, its computer matching program searches its...

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Nixon In Iran?

(144) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 9:41 AM

Where is Richard Nixon when we really need him?

The time is ripe for rearranging the diplomatic chess board -- but this time, Western leaders must entice Tehran, not Beijing, into a new relationship.

The present confrontational strategy isn't working. Even if Netanyahu's threatened airstrike successfully delays Iran's nuclear program,...

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How Congress Can Overrule Citizens United

(186) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 3:11 PM

Refusing to give his Republican opponents an edge, President Obama has just blessed a Super PAC to rally his own billionaires for election year combat. While it's only natural for him to maintain parity, the president should also call upon Congress to pass a statute that forces the Supreme Court...

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Occupying the First Amendment

(281) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 9:51 AM

Whatever else it accomplishes, Occupy Wall Street is revealing distortions in our current understanding of the First Amendment. In recent decisions, the Supreme Court has protected Wall Street's constitutional right to pour millions into political campaigns. But as presently construed, the First Amendment isn't an obstacle when it comes to...

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Democratizing Wall Street?

(151) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 10:59 AM

With Beltway Democrats flirting with millionaire taxes, Occupy Wall Street is raising a more existential question: the economic crisis is crushing the hopes of the younger generation. Unemployment in 2010 was 9.6%, but it was 15.5% for Americans between 20-24 and 10.9% for those between 25-29. Astonishingly, people...

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Class Warfare?

(1044) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 10:07 AM

President Obama's "millionaire tax" has generated two sound-bite replies. Not only is he engaging in "class warfare," but he is indulging in sheer political posturing -- there simply isn't a lot of money to be raised by targeting the super-rich. Both charges are mistaken.

Taxation aimed at the rich doesn't...

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It's Not Up to the President to Impose a No-Fly Zone Over Libya

(134) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 11:05 AM

As Gaddafi continues to slaughter civilians, America is fast approaching its own moment of truth. Despite its antiseptic label, imposing a "no-fly" zone is an act of war. As Secretary Gates explained last week, it "begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses." The president has gathered...

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