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Federalism

Are we heading back to the 1980's or the 1930's?

Tuomas Malinen | Posted 01.28.2017 | Home
Tuomas Malinen

Let's be clear. I think that there is a fair change of a repetition of the global financial crisis. After the financial crash of 2007-2008, major cent...

Want to Challenge Trump on Immigration? Try a Strategy from the Antebellum South

The Conversation US | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
The Conversation US

By Anna O. Law, City University of New York Immigrant communities and their advocates are gearing up to challenge President-elect Donald Trump's prop...

Saluting Burma's Next Step And Keeping Hands Off

Susanne Dumbleton | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home
Susanne Dumbleton

This week, Aung San Suu Kyi will walk to the podium in an assembly hall in Myanmar (Burma) and call to order representatives of the 135 ethnic peoples who make up the population of the country. In convening this Second Panglong Conference, she is resuming the work her father, Aung San, began in 1947, and left unfinished because assassins ended his life.

Evaluating Federalism for the Philippines: A Broad-stroke Overview

Jan Albert Suing | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Jan Albert Suing

Federalism has been an important aspect and ingredient and many of the world’s community of nations. In fact, around 70% of nations in the world are...

The War Against the 17th Amendment

Max J. Skidmore | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Max J. Skidmore

A widespread sentiment among more extreme conservatives -- including a surprising number of prominent Republican candidates, former candidates, office holders, and former office holders -- is that the 17th Amendment should be repealed.

Who Killed Federalism in Nepal?

Rajan Thapaliya | Posted 04.13.2016 | Home
Rajan Thapaliya

The recent development in Nepal have been very interesting to Nepalese community here in America and especially in New York. The Nepalese community in...

Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado: Irony Flows

Allison Barker Watson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Allison Barker Watson

The states complained that Colorado's establishment of a legal, regulated market caused marijuana to flow into their states, thereby undermining their strict laws. This, they claimed, caused "irreparable injury" by draining their treasuries, placing stress on their criminal justice systems and endangering the health of their residents.

'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.15.2017 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women's reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.

Scalia: The Passing of a Liberal Provocateur, a Moment for Pragmatism

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Adam Sulkowski

Now is the time for traditional American pragmatism, not ideology, from whomever is nominated and confirmed as a replacement. The new SCOTUS justice will help decide the safety of the air we breathe, among other weighty cases affecting generations to come.

French-American Ideas for Paris

Remy Raisner | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Remy Raisner

In a time of increasing international rivalries and economic uncertainties emanating from China, historic allies of the Western World have much to gain by becoming closer, even if only by considering their own versions of each others' policies.

Restoring Federalism in Education

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

It's probably best that our nation's founders are not around to hear the current debate about education policy in the United States. Those who fought and worked so hard to create this new country likely would be badly confused, and probably greatly frustrated, by the language being used today.

Let States Handle Transportation

Bob Williams | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Bob Williams

Constantly raising fees and taxes at the state level to compensate for promised-yet-undelivered federal dollars is no way to efficiently run a government. The current transportation shortfall has been resolved for now, but this problem will continue to be a thorn in states' sides until they either remove the federal government's footprint from their transportation budgets, or significant reform occurs at the federal level.

Jonathan Cohn

Chief Justice Roberts Just Gave Obamacare Opponents A Major Smackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

It was a smackdown. There’s really no other way to describe the ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down on Thursday, rejecting the latest ...

The Fragility of Federalism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Home
John Feffer

Slovenian poet and cultural critic Aleš Debeljak and I had a wide-ranging conversation on the reasons for Yugoslavia's unraveling, the literary landscape after the wars of the 1990s, the challenge of constructing a pan-European history, the brittleness of social and political institutions.

Is Federalism Practical Today?

Kevin Price | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

"Restoring the Constitution" is a phrase that is catching on with people as the influence of the tea party has grown. So is "federalism," as people lament a national government that seems to have become out of control and is spiraling our nation into a downfall.

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Blaming Obama for Ebola? Dysfunctional Politics and Dread Disease

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Did the Democrats lose the Senate over Ebola? Pundits are parsing the exit polls, and they'll no doubt come to contradictory conclusions. But the surreal notion that President Obama's incompetence put America at risk for dread disease fed Republican efforts to cast Democrats as a danger to the nation.

What the World Can Teach the US About Voting Rights

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

The United States of America, otherwise a beacon of democratic rule for over two centuries, is essentially the North Korea of federal district voting rights, a clear outlier for democratic best practices across the world. As voters across the country elect members of the House of Representatives, District voters have nothing.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

Power-Sharing in Ukraine

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.14.2014 | Home
David L. Phillips

Like other countries, Ukraine will have to consider transitional justice strategies that balance truth-telling and accountability. It will also need a plan for disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating both pro-independence fighters in Eastern Ukraine, as well as nationalist groups including Right Sector.

What About the Voters? Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote in Federal Elections

Franita Tolson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

The existence of statutory and constitutional provisions that bear on the rights of voters should factor into the judicial analysis of whether states can adopt measures that create a tension with federal law.

Kathleen Miles

This Map Shows Why The Plan To Split Up California Would Be A Dystopian Nightmare

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

It would be Ayn Rand's dream come true: separate states for rich people and poor people. A proposal to split California into six states, introduce...

Gerrymandering, ALEC and the Red Tide That Is Stealing Your Vote

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

How many times a day do you catch yourself thinking, "What the hell is happening here?" We have gone from the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Br...

Cities Tackle Inequality

David Morris | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
David Morris

A growing number of cities are moving into the power vacuum left by a dysfunctional Washington and too-cautious state governments to tackle inequality.

Utah Ruling May Foreshadow Supreme Court Defeat for Gay Marriage

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

The larger issue here, which most people are completely missing, is that the Utah case will likely climb its way up to the Supreme Court no matter the outcome in the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court's stay is a clue into how the highest court may rule on the broader question: Is it constitutional for states to ban gay marriage?