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We the People

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

Part of our 2010 Faux Revolution is the expulsion of ridiculously unsubstantiated nonsense like using the American People whenever someone is trying to make, prove or back up a point.

Who Owns Anger?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Let's get one thing straight. If you are angry at Barack Obama, or any member of Congress, you are angry at your fellow citizens who voted for them. There is a name for this process: we call it democracy.

Early Draft of the Constitution found in Phila.

Philly.com | Inquirer Staff Writer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After finding the draft, "I felt like an actor in the movie National Treasure, but [actor] Nicolas Cage was nowhere to be found," Toler added. "How...

America Is Not A Democracy, Stop Pretending It Is

Aindriu Colgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aindriu Colgan

For all those condemning Citizens United vs. FEC as an end to democracy in America, let's go over a few things. Firstly, America is not a democracy. ...

Forget the Myth: 51 Senators Can End the Filibuster Today

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Fifty-one Senators can abolish or amend the filibuster rule at any time. They can do it today. They only have to summon the courage to act.

Guantánamo Closure: Evolution or Revolution?

Nancy Talanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

The Obama administration's failure to meet its self-imposed January 22 deadline for closing Guantánamo was a disappointment, but we know the facility...

Today I Left the Democratic Party

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. This is honestly how I've felt for the past few years with the Democratic Party

Teabaggers' New Cry: "Mrs. Obama, Hands Off Our Obesity"

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

One day after the passage of an historic health care reform bill, the Tea Party movement turned its attention to a new target today: First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign against obesity.

Prescriptions for Mending Broken Government and Averting Spiritual Death

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

While ending America's wars sounds logical and direct, I am beginning to doubt I will ever see this in my lifetime, as long or short as it may be. The country has become inextricably engaged in these conflicts.

Citizens United: The Problem Isn't the Law, It's the Court

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Citizens United blows away any notion that conservative judges, who profess to be "originalists" and "umpires," are in fact faithful to our Constitution's text or bound by reasoned precedent.

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

2010 Census Campaign Begins: Census Bureau Kicks Off Once-A-Decade Head Count

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau kicks off its $300 million campaign Monday to prod, coax and cajole the nation's more than 300 million residents ...

Isn't There Anyone Who Knows What the Christmas Legal Holiday is All About?

Jim Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jim Thomas

I started blogging about our country's "legal" holidays out of concern that, for many, these days were just another day off. Well, it turns out that the Christmas federal holiday is actually just that, legally at least.

We the Populists: How to Make Taxpayer Funded Bailouts Toxic

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Want to join in the fun? Call Goldman's executive offices at (212) 902-1000, and tell them that nobody makes big profits at public expense while 10.2 percent of Americans are unemployed.

Bush DOJ Official Agrees "Torture Memo" Lawyers Should Be Investigated

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

A change in leadership does not eliminate the need to examine our system and learn from our history, even when -- especially when -- our Department of Justice was corrupted to the point of sanctioning torture.

Cheney: A Tortured Soul

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Mr. Vice-President, you and your President had eight full years to chart a direction for this nation. That direction was soundly rejected by the voters in the most recent national election.

Happy Thanksgiving(?)

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paula Gordon

This and every second Monday of October, an entire First World nation takes the day off to cherish all that is best. Today is Thanksgiving Day. In Canada.

NRA Bosses -- But Not Members -- Defend Policies That Help Arm Suspected Terrorists

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

If the National Rifle Association's leaders want to help suspected terrorists get easy access to guns, bucking the wishes of their own membership, they should come out and say so.

Coalition Launches National Campaign: President Obama, Get FISA Right!

Mark Dorlester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Dorlester

Now the Get FISA Right movement has spread far beyond Obama's campaign supporters. In Congress, the rush is on

Why Roland Burris Matters to Barack Obama, Right Now

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Roland could write an epitaph on that vaunted tombstone of his that actually matters. And, Roland, take note: By doing this, you will have saved the lives of millions of American women.

Genderless Marriage: Redefining the Debate

Kevin Armento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Armento

Re-branding marriage as a genderless institution such not only widens its scope, but does so in a way that puts it more squarely in line with the two biggest rights struggles of the twentieth century.

Shake the System

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

If we're going to put California back on the leading edge, we have to fix our broken system. Please join me in supporting a California Constitutional Convention and help participate in shaping it.

The Gun Issue Is Back in the Supreme Court: What Does It Mean?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Although the Chicago handgun ban Supreme Court case involves interesting constitutional issues, even if Chicago loses, such a ruling is unlikely to prove a serious threat to state and local gun regulation across-the-board.

Texas Attorney General Seeks Activist Judges

Barbara Ann Radnofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ann Radnofsky

The Texas attorney general has challenged the Senate version of health care reform, joining a letter from 13 state attorneys general. There is no law to challenge.

Best Books For Your Christmas Wishlist (PHOTOS, POLL)

Lena Tabori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lena Tabori

Books are beautiful objects, and to me there's nothing more alluring than one produced with all the stops pulled out: on uniquely gorgeous paper and practically ready for the museum glass case.