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Why Common Sense Gun Reform Fails

Garrett Jennings | Posted 02.01.2016 | College
Garrett Jennings

Republicans see even the slightest reform to gun policy as a slippery slope that could eventually lead to proposals to abolish the Second Amendment which is unfortunate when there is a credible middle ground to be reached.

Why Has it Been Three Years Since a U.S. Ambassador Was Appointed to Norway?

Thor Steinhovden | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Thor Steinhovden

As a Norwegian, a friend of United States, and a former employee of the American Embassy in Oslo, I am deeply concerned about the situation. Norwegians expect more from our most important ally, and we are right to do so.

Outrage Culture Kills Important Conversation

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Productive discourse is dying, trampled over by closed minds who value comfortable opinion-holding over uncomfortable soul-searching. As dialogue lies flailing and gasping, outrage culture's pulse is stronger than ever.

Was Obama's Call to 'Our Better Self' A Call to Women?

Alexia Parks | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Alexia Parks

At this watershed moment in American politics, could Obama's State of the Union call to Americans to bring our better self into politics be a coded call to women? After all, who is the one men usually refer to when they refer to "my better self?"

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders Agree, Why Can't the House of Representatives?

James R. Marsh | Posted 01.06.2016 | Crime
James R. Marsh

Seldom has an issue--any issue--garnered such bi-partisan support as the Senate's bold effort to help victims of child pornography obtain justice. The Amy and Vicky Act ("AVA"), which passed the Senate last February by a resounding vote of 98 to 0, but unfortunately the bill is stuck in the House Judiciary Committee

Forget Paris, forget Basel-Miami Beach. To Experience Art and Climate Change, Visit Hialeah!

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2015 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Forget the Champs Elysees. If you really want to experience climate change this week, travel west along the banks of the C-6 canal and through the clo...

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."