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Toilets, Trials, and Tolls: Cleaning Up After Pat McCrory

Harold Lloyd | Posted 12.31.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

We all know that North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory hastily signed HB2 only to acknowledge that pre-existing state law discrimination remedies should n...

The Terrifying Executive We Need For The Wrong Reasons

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.05.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The change has to be to the system, not the person. In that sense, perhaps Trump will be the president we need, if not the one we wanted.

The Foreign Policy of a "God Blessed" America

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.14.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Review of The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest. By Walter A. McDougall. Harvard Universi...

How Much Damage Could Donald Trump Really Do, After All?

Mark Kleiman | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Mark Kleiman

Today a friend challenged me on this point: Make a list of ten really, really bad things that President Trump could actually do.

Constitution Center Is Alive With the Sound of Debate

Laura Goldman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

There was a time when Philadelphians and the local media were writing the obituary for the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia. The nadir might have been when the center, which is the only institution chartered by Congress to celebrate democracy's most important document, hosted a Princess Diana exhibit. With the hiring of George Washington University Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen as President and CEO, the once flagging institution has risen like a phoenix from the ashes.

It's Going To Be Great When Donald Trump Controls The Drone Program

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics

Here's a quaint memory from a bygone period in American politics: Back in November 2012, after President Barack Obama secured his re-election, The New...

Governors in Too Deep Over LGBT Potty Laws

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

Governors and Mayors across the country are issuing executive orders banning non-essential, government-funded travel to North Carolina. Governors are proclaiming it is in their states interests to promote equality and act out against discrimination. This may be true, however, they have no power to do so outside of their states.

Elizabeth Warren: It Matters Greatly Who the Democratic President Is

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A bunch of people seem to be saying that it doesn't matter for policy outcomes if Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is elected President. The rough claim seems to be: Republicans are going to control the House anyway, if not the Senate, so a Democratic President won't be able to do anything anyway.

SCOTUS: Is Trump's Immigration Policy More Constitutional Than Obama's?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

From a purely legal perspective, our present immigration policy is more favorable to Donald Trump's plan to mass deport immigrants than it is to President Obama's attempts to keep families together.

Congress' Charade With the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Obama's acquiescence to Congress' charade of relevancy reminds me of the Roman Empire, where emperors continued to pay due respect to the Senate, long emasculated from its glory days during the Roman Republic, but where everyone knew who was really running things.

Eugene Kaspersky: Know Your Particular Strengths and Make Them Work Towards Your Goals

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

How did the world's largest privately-held vendor of endpoint protection and cybersecurity solutions company start? I've had a chance to interview, Eugene Kaspersky, world-renowned cybersecurity expert, entrepreneur and Chairman & CEO of Kaspersky Lab.

Judge Hanen's Misconceptions and the Legality of Deferred Action

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

My difficulty with Judge Hanen's massively overwritten 123-page opinion in Texas v. United States is not that Texas got past threshold procedural barriers to judicial review. It is that, in an ideologically driven opinion, Judge Hanen simply gets the law wrong.

Sharat Menon: Propel Your Career or Business by Going Above and Beyond

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

With great passion for successful innovation and deep understanding of businesses and consumers needs, Sharat Menon, how Vice President, Digital Payments and Remittances at DBS, shares how he started his career and shares some golden nuggets on how one can fast track his career and succeed in their own fields.

N Ramamoorthi: Develop Your Listening and Patience Early On

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

This is part of the #CareerAdvice series - featuring successful professionals who share their advice to people who would want to take their career to...

Obama's Executive Orders: Can We Talk?

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As Washington leaders charge headlong into a clash over President Obama's plan to issue executive orders on immigration, can we take a minute and talk about what executive orders are?

McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Mr. McConnell: Had your party done its job during the past six years, instead of doing nothing at best and obstructing and obfuscating at worst, we would have a Congress the president could work with, we would have the functioning government the American people wish and deserve, we would have a much better America.

Attention Next Attorney General: More Justice Wanted

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The next attorney general should apply the Constitution and international law to rein in these dictatorial actions by the out-of-control White House.

Presidents and the War Power

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

President Barack Obama's claim that he doesn't need congressional authorization for his current war in Iraq and Syria is troubling. However, Obama is not the first president to believe that he has the rather imperial authority for war by executive fiat.

Igor Bobic

Paul Aide: No, Rand Doesn't Want To Repeal Every Executive Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised eyebrows on Thursday when he vowed to "repeal all previous executive orders" if elected president, a dramatic move that ...

Perry Case Complicates Boehner's Lawsuit

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are going to be arguing one thing for Perry, and the exact opposite for Obama. This is going to become more and more obvious to all concerned.

President Must Get Proper Congressional Approval for Any Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To be constitutional, any agreement with Iran must be in the form of a treaty, which would need to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate.

Five Things President Obama Can Do--Today, Without Congress--to Make the Immigration System Better and Re-Write His Legacy

David Leopold | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
David Leopold

Now that the House has folded up its circus tent and gone home for summer, it's clear that if President Obama wants immigration changes, he'll have to make them on his own. Fortunately, the President has wide authority to do so.

Executive Orders and Dictatorship

Robert Slayton | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Here's the historic reality. When a president is doing something his ideological opponents don't like and don't support, they accuse him of an excessive grab for power... or worse.

Presidential Power Grabs: Their Causes and Cure

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Bruce Ackerman

The present system of checks and balances is broken. Now is a good time to consider serious reform. Neither Democrats nor Republicans can be confident that they will win in 2016, and reap the short-term rewards of the next round of unilateralism.

Hatred: The Republicans' Core Problem

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.