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Constitutional Crisis

Friday Talking Points -- Time to Dust Off the 14th Option

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are times, when writing about the political world, when it is impossible not to feel like I am trapped inside a Jonathan Swift satire. This is one of those times. Real life and farce blur into one, and we all pretend this is normal. Sigh.

Checks and Balances

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today's political commenters often misuse the concept of "checks and balances" to refer directly to politics. This is just flat-out wrong.

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.

Updated: Quit Happens; Sarah Palin's Constitutional Train Wreck

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

For some reason, nothing is simple in Alaska. The state sits on the edge of a constitutional crisis because of the "chain of command vacuum" created by the governor's abrupt resignation.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...

Sam Stein

Democratic Congressman Raises Specter Of "Nuclear Option"

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three years ago, the United States Senate nearly came to a stand still as the Republican majority, citing Democratic obstructionism over judicial appo...