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'A More Perfect Union' Is at Hand if We Unite the Party behind Hillary Clinton

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

History is made! Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman to be the nominee of a major political Party in the United States. We have the opportunity ...

Democracy Spring Heralds the end of Money in Politics

Adam Greenberg | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Adam Greenberg

Last month, I was arrested at the US Capitol, along with more than 1300 other Americans in the largest civil disobedience action of the century.


Joel Cohen | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Joel Cohen

When President Obama famously attacked the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United in his 2010 State of the Union, he attacked the Court's majori...

Chevron CEO To His Board: Our Ecuador Problem Just Won't Go Away

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.25.2016 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

[Of course, we don't have access to Chevron's internal communications. But if we did, this "memo" is what we imagine we might see. It's hard to peek i...

The Great Middle Class Awakening and Its Torchbearer

Llewellyn King | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

But Smith is not a polemicist. He uses the reporter's tools, honed over decades in Moscow and Washington and on big stories, like the civil rights movement and the fall of the Soviet Union, to make his points against the assault on the middle class.

The Day American Democracy Died (January 21, 2010)

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

The government of the people, by the people, and for the people, has perished. Democracy was terminally ill for a long time and just lingering on life support.

Trump's Latest Reality Show: Dialing for Dollars

David Paine | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
David Paine

History has shown, the hard way, that democracy only works if citizens have confidence that their government is equitable and works for all the People. Not just the rich and powerful. Right now, that's not the case in America.

Joe Biden For President

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

If the Democrats decide to run Joe Biden, it will be like a breath of fresh air in a very toxic campaign. They'll have a united party, Trump will be defeated and the world and we will be a much better place. I'm in with Biden.

If We Believe in the American Promise, Time for the 28th Amendment

Jeff Clements | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Jeff Clements

Citizens United and its money-dominated "marketplace" political system frames a national conflict between two irreconcilable Constitutional values: principles of wealth-based representation and corporatism versus principles of human freedom and equal citizenship.

Two Of America’s Richest Men Tried To Sway Montana’s Judicial Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ed Sheehy was driving home one day in the middle of his 2012 run for a Montana Supreme Court seat when he received a call from a local n...

Clooney, Clinton and Hollywood Cluelessness

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Douglas Forbes

Tragically, America's first Black President and America's highly likely first woman President aren't the kind of history-making that many Americans imagined. On the other hand, America's first reality-TV star President might be an end to history as we know it.

Why The 2016 Election May Not Break Spending Records

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential election had been predicted to be the most expensive ever, fueled by a massive field of candidates and the prolife...

Convicted Gov. Bob McDonnell May Just Convince Supreme Court He's Innocent

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics


The Court May Curb Legalized Bribery

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

This case deserves much more attention than it has received so far, because it provides an opportunity for the Court to limit the harm it caused by Citizens United and previous cases by ruling that giving money to politicians amounts to free speech, and hence basically cannot be curbed. It could correct what amounts to legalized bribery by ruling that you may give all you wish -- but not get any material benefits in return.

The Lessons and Legacy of a Watergate Baby

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Three years ago today, my friend and mentor passed away unexpectedly. By its nature, sudden death is shocking. It's especially stunning when it happens to someone as vibrant and healthy as Bob Edgar appeared the day before he died, when he wisecracked to me that he figured he had until age 70 before "living on borrowed time."

Lawmakers Respond To Democracy Spring Protests With Call For Hearings

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics


This Group Raised $11 Million To Defeat Citizens United. So Why Do People Hate Them?

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March 2015, a new group showed up on the political scene, seemingly out of thin air. It called itself End Citizens United PAC and sai...

A Cure for a Political Disaster: Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

A repaired presidential public financing system would dramatically increase the amount of clean resources available to participating candidates and thereby greatly dilute the importance and impact of outside spending groups and their mega-donors.

Exxon Tries To Bury Climate Documents By Claiming First Amendment Rights

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

ExxonMobil is fighting a subpoena seeking its internal documents on climate change, arguing that the order violates the company's constitutional right...

Why I'm Risking Arrest to Demand Congress Fix Our Democracy

Nick Nyhart | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

There is a long-honored and successful tradition in this country of non-violent civil disobedience as a tool to break intransigence on the part of the powers that be. And that's what's happening today.

Dear Bernie, It's Not "the Billionaire Class" You Need to Defeat But Its GOP Minions

Andy Schmookler | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Your political revolution, therefore, must begin with the discrediting of the Republican Party in the eyes of the American electorate. It is not enough for Americans to be angry with "Wall Street," another of your favorite targets. By itself, that anger does not erode the plutocrats' power.

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

"Money Ain't Speech and Corporations Aren't People!"-- We Sang Marching from Philly to D.C.

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

During our Democracy Spring march from Philly to D.C. to sit-in on the steps of the capitol this week, one of my favorite chants was "Money ain't spee...

Is David Trone trying to Buy Maryland's 8th Congressional District?

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.14.2016 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

Democratic voters in Maryland's 8th Congressional District have decisions to make as they look to replace an incredibly successful and effective Congressperson.

Why I Plan to Get Arrested for Democracy Spring

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Christian Chiakulas

This is not about Bernie vs. Hillary, or even Democrats vs. Republicans. This is about the meaning of Democracy and the soul of America.