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The Top 5 Issues Congress Isn't Dealing With Because of the Budget

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Without a normal compromise budget in place, legislation must be passed every few months to continue funding the government, a process which is redirecting Congressional energies almost exclusively to finances.

War Powers: Constitutional or Imperial Presidency

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

It is exceedingly difficult to understand how presidential war derives from a textualist or intentionalist interpretation of the Constitution. The argument is made, nonetheless.

The Legacy of Wangari Maathai: Two Years On

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

If she were alive, we have no doubt Wangari would be deeply engaged in the global climate debate, and promoting the realization of climate justice. She'd be working to protect the forests of the Congo Basin and she'd be keeping her eye on that farmer in Yaoundé and those like her.

A Good Read: The Case for the Constitution

Blake Kernen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

Have you ever read the United States Constitution? It's 4,543 words long including the signatures. But after reading it, there's one thing that should be absolutely clear: We, as Americans, are the luckiest people in the world.

The 'Ted Cruz Amendment' to the Constitution of the United States

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There is a grave question about whether Ted Cruz is eligible for the presidency. While we are at it, let us bring the constitutional requirements for federal officeholders up to date, based on the 200+ years' experience we now enjoy under those rules.

Failing the Sixth Amendment's Promise of Right to Counsel

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Instead of ensuring budgets for proper counsel for the poor, many states have gone the other way and slashed funding for public defenders offices. That is no way to honor, let alone uphold, a fundamental constitutional right.

The American and Egyptian Revolutions: Not So Different After All

Alex Reichert | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Alex Reichert

There was no specific day in American history when the U.S. sprouted from scattered dysfunction into a cohesive beacon of freedom and democracy. Let's not be so quick to judge Egypt.

Constitutional Failure

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Howard Schweber

I cannot think of a time when the institution of Congress itself has been so directly threatened by the actions of its members.

Elizabeth Warren Is Right

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

It's no surprise that Warren's speech has drawn fire from the right. What is surprising is the weakness of the conservative response, which, in turn, demonstrates the air-tight case Warren has made about the pro-corporate trend at the Supreme Court.

An America As Good As Its Promise

Sen. Amy Klobuchar | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

We can fix the Voting Rights Act, we can pass the Same-Day Registration Act and other important election reforms, and we can finish the march that Congressman Lewis and so many other brave men and women started in Selma all those years ago.

Rebalancing War Powers: President Obama's Momentous Decision

Peter M. Shane | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

President Obama's pursuit of congressional authority for a Syrian strike operation is, to date, his single most important decision in reshaping the post-9/11 presidency.

'We the People': Celebrating Constitution Day and Registering New Voters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America's voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Today, we still have work to do to make the most out of our nation's voting system.

Twelve Years After 9/11: Let's End the Politics of Fear

Robin Koerner | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Since 9/11, it seems that the American Left and the American Right have agreed on something of profound importance: We're scared. The politics of the last 12 years have been the politics of fear.

Ginsburg: Gay Marriage Shows The Constitution's 'Genius'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend's same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience Friday...

Beyond Left and Right on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to approve a resolution to attack Syria on a vote of 10-7. But the breakdown of the voting reveals that this was in no way a party-line vote.

Is Authority Permission?

Jim Moore | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

By a limited definition of Article II, the president can act on the spot in an emergency to protect American interests. That authority is still not, in my opinion, a blanket permission to act unilaterally in Syria.

President Obama: Don't Strike Syria Without Congressional Approval

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

If President Obama can get us into war in Syria without prior Congressional approval, it will set a terrible precedent: A future president could get us more easily into war in Iran without prior Congressional approval.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame and the First and Fourteenth Amendments

David Abbitt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Media
David Abbitt

At some point we have to ask ourselves: What are the costs for our increasing proclivity towards escapism in our social and news media?

Why I Don't Care If the NSA Reads My Emails

Lauren Cahn | Posted 08.22.2013 | Technology
Lauren Cahn

Next time you go to a convenience store, you might notice that a video surveillance camera. Now, if you're there to rob the place, you might be annoyed. But most likely, you won't give it a second thought. The way I see it, the same rules apply to governmental Internet surveillance.

Natural Born Presidents

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What it all boils down to is that Ted Cruz is free to run for president, as is just about anyone. Whether he can convince the country that he is eligible or not will likely be a matter of politics. It's open to anyone's interpretation who can and who cannot be president.

The Wisconsin Uprising Is Coming Back

Carl Gibson | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Wisconsin State Capitol Police Chief David Erwin's policing is working just about as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's job creation policies. Esse...

Freedom From Fear, Redux

Jim Moore | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is almost nothing to which a person aspires that can be gained without compromise. The American people do not need to be made afraid of contrariness, or impassioned dissent, or of cooperation. That is a fear that will surely scuttle our democracy from within.

Isn't a Humanist Military Chaplain an Oxymoron?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Must a military chaplain believe in God? We shall soon find out the answer to that question and it will inform us if the Chaplain Corps truly understands what the Constitution and the Supreme Court say about religious liberty.

Detroit And Wall Street: The Moral Conflict Between Pensioners and Bankers

Richard Brodsky | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

As the dust settles after the initial Detroit bankruptcy filing, all sorts of unanswered questions and economic choices are getting clearer.