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Checks and Balances

Can Donald Trump Use Military Force Anywhere In The World Whenever He Wants?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 04.21.2017 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This piece was written in collaboration with three of my extraordinary students at the University of Chicago Law School: Sten Jernudd, Zachary Levine,...

Donald Trump Is Facing The Reality Of The Presidency

George Friedman | Posted 03.31.2017 | Politics
George Friedman

One of the arguments I have been making about President Donald Trump is that he is neither the devil nor the messiah. In spite of the passions that he...

Focus On Trump's Acts, Not His Psychology

Allen Frances | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Allen Frances

At this crucial moment, with our fragile democracy at serious risk, I really couldn't care less why Trump does what he does. It is his dangerous actions that count, not the psychological reasons he does them.

The Issues Are Bigger Than Who You Voted For

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 02.08.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

Over the last couple of months, I have become far more vocal in my support of political activism. Most of the people I've heard from have been gratefu...

Is Trump's Nuclear Command A One-Person Show? Look to Sally Yates.

Jennifer Knox | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Jennifer Knox

Calm, thoughtful, and practical, Mattis brings everything to the table that Trump seems to have abandoned. But is that enough?

Who is Really Responsible for the Checks and Balances of the US Government?

Quora | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics

Wouldn't the checks and balances of the US government stop most of Donald Trump's acts? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share kno...

Will Congress Provide A Check On Trump's Power? Don't Bet On It.

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics

When President-elect Donald Trump ascends to the Oval Office on Inauguration Day, one of the institutions that can serve as a check on his executive p...

This Morning Feels Like September 12, 2001

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

More than half of the country voted for Donald Trump. This makes me feel unsafe. As unsafe as I felt on September 12, 2001.

'We The People' Against Tyranny: 7 Principles For Free Government

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

These seven vital principles have been largely forgotten in recent years, obscured by the haze of a centralized government, a citizenry that no longer thinks analytically, and schools that don't adequately teach our young people about their history and their rights.

Kansas Republicans Show How Far Conservatives Will Go to Support Their Economic Fantasy

Marvin Meadors | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

What kind of an unprincipled political party attempts to nullify an entire branch of government? For that matter, what kind of political party wants fewer people to vote?

The Supreme Court No Longer Represents Us

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We can no longer depend on the federal courts to protect us against the government. They are the government.

Angry Old Men -- Quo Vadis America?

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

It is not the USA that is in decline, but it is their rule, and an America of the past, in which they were in charge.

John Yoo Finally Finds Some Unlimited Executive Power He Doesn't Like

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics

When it comes to enthusiasts of unaccountable presidential power, it's generally hard to find anyone more willing to shake the pompoms for an unrestra...

Groups Ask Columbia University To Reveal Funding Behind Exxon-Tied Center on Global Energy Policy

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogFinal exams and winter break loom large for students at Columbia University, but at the upper echelons of the university's...

Thinking About Franklin Roosevelt

Paul A. London | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Paul A. London

Reading about Roosevelt and the New Deal as Garner saw them made me think. Garner was a man of the legislature. He believed legislative government could work. Such respect for politics and politicians is not much evident these days. Maybe it should be.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Stampede to the Exit

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted me to issue ads in the North Carolina senate race, I now know that "for six years the policies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have dominated Washington." Karl Rove's American Crossroads, you see, is touting Republican Thom Tillis.

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama 'Could Learn From' This Story

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

Fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters recently denounced the government’s legal action against New York Times Reporter James Risen, who was orde...

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

AG Holder Needs to Let Bad Laws Go to Court

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Judges are supposed to be smart enough to handle the squabbling between the two branches of government. Eric Holder needs to let judges do their jobs. That means using the state's AG's to fight bad laws in court.

Presidential Power Grabs: Their Causes and Cure

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Bruce Ackerman

The present system of checks and balances is broken. Now is a good time to consider serious reform. Neither Democrats nor Republicans can be confident that they will win in 2016, and reap the short-term rewards of the next round of unilateralism.


Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Have you ever read something in a newspaper or magazine about something which you happened to have firsthand knowledge of and realized that what was r...

Checks and Balances: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Jack Pinkowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jack Pinkowski

Conservative Republicans are using the system, because they can, to bring the healthcare bill back on the agenda by refusing to pass the omnibus budget bill for 2014. This is possible by design and a result of the Separation of Powers. That system of checks and balances incorporates the need for agreement and compromise between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.

NSA Spying Scandal May Indicate U.S. Checks and Balances System Is Broken

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Policemen should not police themselves, nor should lawyers or doctors or any other occupations -- for obvious reasons of bias for the profession against the citizen. Yet our governmental system allows the federal branches to monitor and police each other.