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Is the Constitution Breaking Down Under Divided Government?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

If Madison could see the role that partisan factions played in Washington this summer, he might well have been sympathetic to the concerns of those observers who fret that his constitutional remedies might not be working so well when power is shared by two rival factions.

Spirit Of Independence: Best Books On Founding Fathers (And A Few Mothers Too)

Posted 09.03.2011 | Books

Yes, we know the 4th of July is more about fireworks and picnics than the Revolutionary War, but we are, after all, celebrating American Independence....

Strauss-Kahn and the Age of Reputation

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

In today's fast-paced world, a reputation can be destroyed rapidly -- and if, as in the case of Strauss-Kahn it seems, the consequences of charges made actually precede the processing of those charges.

Simon Johnson: Europe Needs Trichet’s Unified Finance Ministry

Bloomberg | Simon Johnson | Posted 08.07.2011 | Business

Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank until October, last week floated two proposals aimed at dealing with Greece and related eu...

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

The Constitution and the Tea Party Part Company

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

If Tea Party Caucus Members wish to keep their constitutional escutcheons unsullied, they should not tarry in taking legislative action against unconstitutional presidential wars and unconstitutional unaudited military spending.

Economic Conflicts of the Founding Era Dispel Tea Party Myths... and Liberal Ones, Too

William Hogeland | Posted 07.10.2011 | Business
William Hogeland

Just as in Tea Party history, which sees the American people as essentially anti-government, an act of faith is required to see the American people as essentially socially progressive (or essentially anything).

Still Looking for Alexander

David O. Stewart | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
David O. Stewart

If good intentions and a lively imagination were all that counted, the documentary Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton would be a masterwork.

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton: A Strange Journey

Michael Pack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Pack

As we set out to make an historical documentary on Alexander Hamilton, our goal was to make a different kind of history film. We've all seen Ken Burns narrations or History Channel reenactments, so it's time for something new.

WATCH: Was Alexander Hamilton President?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

It's Presidents Day, the day where we honor the men who've served as our Commander-in-Chief. But unless you know your history, you might be celebratin...

The Founding Fathers Were Not Libertarians

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

While I strongly disagree with the modern libertarian movement, I understand why my government-averse friends believe the things they believe, as opposed to, say, my friends who are Yankee fans.

Why Obama Must Embrace the Veto Strategy

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Barack Obama understands that the country wants a president who acts. And as the new, Tea Party-tainted Congress is spoiling for confrontation, now is the ideal moment for a true veto strategy.

Alexander Hamilton's Religion: A Temperate Example For Today's Fractured World

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Which Hamilton -- the pious Christian, the deist, the skeptic, the religious free-marketeer -- would pass judgment on the secular/religious debates of contemporary America?

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

Let's Have a Red-White-and-Blue Friday

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Something to think about if you're out shopping on Black Friday is that many of the products sold at retail stores were made in China.

The Great Political Party Tango

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

History buffs, take note: the odds are you won't see anything like this again even if you live to be 100.

Jefferson vs. Hamilton Again, Thankfully

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

We need the good sense, and the political will, to ensure that Jefferson and Hamilton continue to thrive in the public arena. This will require comparable acts of statesmanship.

America Was Founded as a Protectionist Nation

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Historically, protectionism has been, in fact, the real American Way; this pattern even predates American independence.

President Washington Would Have Squashed Rick Barber Like a Grape

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As every fifth-grader knows, our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British tea taxes primarily because the taxes were imposed upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament.

Father Time: Dave Brubeck Plays the Blue Note

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Going to see Brubeck's late show at the Blue Note on a Saturday night feels, in 2010, almost as improbable as going to the ballpark to catch Mickey Mantle, or attending a lecture by Alexander Hamilton.

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

Rand Paul: Libertarian Extraordinaire?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Rand Paul's thinking on refusing to serve minorities and other issues is one dimensional. It's hard to admire a mind that can't accommodate real world solutions to problems.

Liz Cheney Announces New "Unpatriotic Seven": Alexander Hamilton "Irate"

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Following Liz Cheney's call to remove the "Al-Qaeda Seven," here's a list of seven additional U.S. officials whose work on behalf of enemies of the state would make them unfit to serve their country.

Understanding Dick Cheney: The Power of the Undefeated Ex-VP

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.

Student Blogger Shut Down and Sued by Butler University Over Free Speech

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

Jess Zimmerman is a junior at Butler University. Last year he wrote criticisms of Butler's administration in an anonymous blog. We now have the first case of a university suing a student over online free speech.