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Senate Obstruction of Restrepo Nomination Is Simply Inexcusable

Jake Faleschini | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Jake Faleschini

November 12 marked the one-year anniversary of Judge Luis Restrepo's nomination to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania, a nomination that -- one year later -- languishes in the Senate due to Senate obstruction.

Raise Voting Age to 25? How About a Maximum Voting Age of 25?

Alex Koroknay-Palicz | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Alex Koroknay-Palicz

To demonstrate how dumb an argument the otherwise reasonable Glenn Reynolds has made, let me explain why voting should be capped at 25. Let's stop adults from voting.

Why Are Republicans Like This?

Richard North Patterson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

That America is polarized to the point of paralysis is, by now, a melancholy given. But the recent doings of the GOP have led many to wonder if their erstwhile countrymen have decamped to a stranger realm.

Washington Gridlock: Too Many Principled Politicians?

Robert Alexander | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Alexander

Compromise and negotiation seem like relics of a bygone era. When principles, ideals, and values are at stake, there is little-to-no room for compromise.

The Current Senate Gridlock Is Hurting the Diversity of Our Justice System

Robert T. Maldonado | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Robert T. Maldonado

Judge Restrepo's story of immigrant success seems to be on hold for the moment. That's because he's been waiting since November 2014, when President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, to be confirmed as an appeals court judge.

Amending the Constitution Could Curb Gridlock

Byron Williams | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The congressional method has been the only method used to amend the Constitution. Though states over the decades have attempted to amend the Constitution, such efforts have proven unsuccessful.

Why Our Democracy is Broken and How to Fix It

Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba

Imagine what Congress would look like if voters could realistically vote for not just Republicans and Democrats, but also the Tea Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party, or the Socialist Party.

Our Country Has Forgotten the Value of a Life

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Maybe for a time before dying, a very small time, Bryce Williams's swirling anger, Chris Harper Mercer's swirling anger, stopped swirling. Perhaps, at long last, they felt sated. How relatively pitiful the causes of their anger; how incomparably grievous the consequences.

State Legislators School Washington in How to Govern

Rep. Jennifer Williamson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jennifer Williamson

As two outsiders to Washington, we thought we could offer some advice to Congress on how to get things done. We are legislators from Portland, Oregon and Jamestown, North Dakota, and let's just say, we govern very differently out in the states.

GOP Extremists and Planned Parenthood: Trying to Reignite the Culture Wars

Alan Farago | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Alan Farago

Why the same forces of intolerance that have marred the GOP are pressing the historical rewind button with Planned Parenthood is no mystery. It is a brazen effort to ignite a Republican base with what worked in the past and primarily with evangelical Christians: the culture wars.

Boehner's Departure Won't Make Congress Better, But It Could Make It Worse

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

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Trade Deals and the Importance of Political Gridlock

David Coates | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
David Coates

Moves seem well underway in the Republican-controlled Senate to fast-track the vote on fast-tracking -- maybe as early as this coming Tuesday. That would be a pity, since the arguments for not passing the proposed trade deal continue to be worthy of long and slow consideration.

Hello, Congress!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

You need to do much better than knee-jerk decision making based on those sitting next to you. The two party system has been palatable and constructive only when its members retained the power of individual human thought. Where did this go wrong, and are you responsible?

The Reid Rule

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

It's been freezing in Washington for the past few months, but it wasn't the nuclear winter some predicted when Sen. Harry Reid ushered in the most important changes to Senate procedure in a generation.

Women Need Bipartisan Action -- Not Just Words -- on Equal Pay

Lisa Maatz | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Members of Congress, don't just say you support equal pay and then use gridlock as an excuse for continued inaction. It's time to walk the walk. Seize this broad public and political support as an opportunity to come together and move forward on one of the most fundamental economic issues of our time. Families are tired of waiting.

America at Its Best: Gay Marriage Points the Way to End Political Polarization

Rich Tafel | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Rich Tafel

To overcome our nations' political gridlock, we'll need to develop new ways to integrate both the conservative and liberal values that underlie the polarization.

Opinions Versus Opinionated

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

I have opinions, and if you read my weekly blogs regularly you know that I do not hesitate to voice those opinions. But I am not opinionated. I like to think that I base my opinions on "evidence and good reason."

6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

When we heard about Federal cuts to environmental initiatives, we couldn't help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. So here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress.

A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics

John Feffer | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

The world is more complicated. The knots are somehow knottier. Bringing in a council of concerned citizens to patiently untie the Gordian knot of politics may take longer. But, in the end, consent is mightier than the sword.

Booted by Voters? Still in Hot Demand: 5 Places Former Pols Go After Leaving Congress

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Luckily for those who won't be returning to Congress -- the tally is 75 -- their power and influence is more sought after than ever, and many "fail up." For them, the days of being lobbied are over. Now some will make the classic switch, joining the ranks of the lobbyists of K Street.

Cruz Declares War if GOP Wins Senate

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Cruz says they are all wrong. Cruz wants a political war against Democrats. Cruz is the real voice of what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate.

This Election's Biggest Jokes: 'Republicans Are the Saviors of Social Security and Medicare!' and 'Republicans Will End Gridlock.'

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans in 2011 and 2013 voted to transform Medicare into a voucher program. And, yet these same Republicans are attacking Democrats who fought for these popular programs, who sometimes lost their seats due to signaling a willingness to compromise.

Grimes: A True Clinton Dem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When Grimes says she is a Clinton Democrat, she is telling the truth, and when McConnell labels Grimes an Obama Democrat rather than a Clinton Democrat, he is bearing false witness. Shouldn't allegedly liberal-friendly media outlets such as MSNBC and the New Republic report this?

Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Because Clinton can act as both a star player for Democrats and a believable referee for voters, alone among national figures, he provides a major advantage to Democrats.