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The Debt Ceiling Impasse: It's Madison's Fault

Kent Greenfield | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

The bottom line in all of this is that James Madison's framework makes for a bad institutional decision maker in a crisis. Congress simply is not built for nimble decision making.

Interview With a Philosopher: Lou Marinoff -- Part Two

Tom Morris | Posted 09.21.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

In a free and open society, such as ours, citizens are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, that leaves room for a lot of future criminals and blossoming psychopaths to cross the line without prior intervention or restraint.

Constitution Check: Must the Next Federal Budget Be Balanced?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

It's a safe bet that when the new fiscal year for the federal government begins on October 1, the Constitution will not require a balanced budget. And, probably, neither will it be required of any budget after that.

DOMA Repeal and the Truth About Full Faith & Credit

Tobias Barrington Wolff | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Tobias Barrington Wolff

We are closer than ever to achieving repeal of the so-called "Defense of Marriage" Act. Predictably, opponents of equal treatment are making the same alarmist claims that succeeded for them when they got DOMA enacted fifteen years ago.

The Perils Of A Balanced Budget Amendment

Bill Schneider | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

The balanced budget vote in Congress again this week is a contest between popular common sense and the informed opinion of the establishment. If you're a politician, you don't want to argue with common sense.

Behind Michele Bachmann's Twisted History: The Fear of Complexity

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Driving the right wing's flight into irrationality is the fear of complexity. In place of it, the right wants to substitute radically simplified fictions, whether about history, or about climate change, homosexuality or the debt ceiling.

"Blue Republicans": an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

As we were all having our "I'm right, you're wrong" Democratic and Republican arguments, the powers that be made themselves more powerful, and while we were arguing, we have lost most of the rights that we weren't arguing about because we took them for granted.

Illinois Town Bans Baggy Pants, Mayor 'Very Disappointed'

Posted 09.11.2011 | Chicago

Despite the fact that laws banning baggy pants have been ruled unconstitutional by judges across the country, Collinsville, Illinois is the latest tow...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Fourteenth Option

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The silly season has come early to Washington, it seems. The root cause is a simple fact of American politics these days -- sometimes, there just can't be transparency.

Once Again, a Time for Reflection

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The Declaration of Independence was a statement that we intend to run this place the way we want. The Constitution was the blueprint for how we're going to do it.

Independence Day, The Declaration Of Independence And Understanding American History

Mitchell Bard | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Whether it is Sarah Palin's butchering of Paul Revere's role in the American Revolution, or Michele Bachmann's mangling of the facts to claim the Founding Fathers tried to abolish slavery, the Tea Party has shown a disdain for knowledge, facts and learning.

Time's Orwellian Story on U.S. Constitution Refuted!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Time magazine's cover story shows the U.S. Constitution and asks, "Does it still matter?" Reading this story, it is difficult to discern whether we were reading Time, or Orwells' 1984.

HuffPost Religion Round-Up, June 27-July 4

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

America's Holy Day, Sacred Eating, Bible Author(s), Gay Marriage, God's Gender, Pope Tweet, America's Imam, and Mr. Rogers - It has been a busy week on HuffPost Religion.

The Torah, The Constitution, And The 4th Of July

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

The Constitution must never be allowed to become an idol, just as the Torah must never be allowed to become an idol.

Friday Talking Points -- Excerpting Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An important debate flared this week -- one in which sides were chosen, positions staked out, and invective hurled. I will let that sentence stand in...

Victory After Victory: Lawrence v. Texas at 8

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Kevin Cathcart

Some of the effects of Lawrence were immediate: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people could no longer be presumptively branded criminals and treated as such in public and private spheres. But many of its effects are still unfolding.

From Hope to History: It's Time to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

My two teenaged daughters want to know why we have failed them. They want to know why -- in 2011 -- the U.S. Constitution still does not state that men and women are equal. What do I tell them?

G.W. Bush-Appointed Judge Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Obama's Health Care Reform Law

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

For the first time since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a Republican-appointed judge has voted to uphold Congress's power to enact the health care reform law, including the minimum coverage provision.

Jennifer Bendery

Corker: White House's 'Cute Arguments' No Excuse For Bypassing Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a resolution backing President Barack Obama on Libya, despite Re...

Bachmann Divorces the Constitution

Bruce Fein | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Congresswoman Bachmann's ill-informed divorce from the Constitution disqualifies her as a presidential candidate. Nothing is as dangerous as constitutional ignorance in action.

A Balanced Budget Amendment Would Change Everything

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The USA has infinitely more economic flexibility under our current system than it would after a budget-balancing amendment, and the economic arguments against it are compelling. So what is there to discuss?

U.S. Constitution Under Siege

Time Magazine | Richard Stengel | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

Americans have debated the Constitution since the day it was signed, but seldom have so many disagreed so fiercely about so much. Would it be unconsti...

Pledging Allegiance and Saluting Frank Mickens

Ken Blackwell | Posted 08.22.2011 | Media
Ken Blackwell

Striking out "Under God" is no small omission. It goes to the core of what we are as a people.

Russ Feingold Is Emerging as a Significant Force Against Corporate Control of Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.

How Progressives Take Back the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Constitutional interpretation must be grounded, first and foremost, in the Constitution's enacted text. Unless and until liberals accept that basic proposition, we will lose arguments with conservatives over the Constitution and the courts.