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Oath of Office

Do Civil Servants Have an Obligation to Obey the President?

Terry Newell | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Terry Newell

In recent days, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates announced that her department would not defend the president's executive order on immigration. Sh...

Donald Trump Meets Chief Justice Roberts To Talk Inauguration

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics

President-elect Donald Trump had a brief meeting in Washington with Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday, a day before the two men are set to meet a...

Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

With So Many Ethics Laws, Why So Many Ethics Flaws?

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Ethics laws can stop some illegal behavior but they cannot produce ethical individuals. Ethics laws can assure greater transparency but they cannot, by themselves, produce greater trust.

10 Things You Should Know About the First Day of the 114th Congress

Marci Harris | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Marci Harris

The first day of a new Congress follows a well-established schedule, from oaths of office to leadership elections and rule changes. Here are ten of the highlights, gathered by POPVOX.

Script to Win the Debt Ceiling Fight

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

With a "clean" debt ceiling extension from the Senate, all eyes will again turn to the House. The fiscal cliff vote demonstrated that the mechanism of "letting the House work its will" avoids catastrophe.

Can We Get the Government Out of Our Exam Room?

Ami Bera, MD | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Ami Bera, MD

Members of Congress take an oath when they are sworn in as elected leaders. They swear to uphold the Constitution, and to defend it against all enemies. But nowhere in their oath of office are they required to protect the medical health and well-being of their constituents.

Needed: A New Approach to Ethics in Government

Terry Newell | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

If we intend to foster ethics in government, we have to get people to think about what they should do, not just what they must not do. At least three steps would be a start.

"Buy American" Sounds Patriotic, But The Protectionist Policy Could Start A Trade War

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Perhaps too much time has passed since the fthe 1930s. The "Buy American" provisions are dangerous protectionist policies thinly guised as feel-good patriotism.

Our New President

Quinn Bradlee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Quinn Bradlee

As someone who lives with learning disabilities, Obama's ability to transcend stigma and bridge gaps in our society has made me feel part of the world.

Oath and Variations

Lisa and Michael Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa and Michael Littman

It is interesting to note that different justices and presidents have staged their breaks at different points in the oath.

Keeping Anderson Cooper Honest: How CNN and the Media Flubbed Obama's 2nd Swearing In

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ronald B. Robinson

The same media that is creating a negative impression of President Obama is saying little about the outgoing administration's widespread destruction of official government records.

The Idiotic Start To Chuck Todd's Stint As NBC's Chief White House Correspondent (UPDATED)

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Nickolas

Come on, Chuck. What a tone-deaf way to start your White House stint -- just awful and hopefully not a sign of things to come.

Obama Takes Presidential Oath Again, Again

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

President Barack Obama was sworn into office a third time today, and the White House announced plans to repeat the swearing-in on a daily basis.

Chief Justice Roberts? Really?

Patt Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patt Morrison

Roberts posed, "So help you God?'' as if he were interrogating Obama about whether he does believe in God.

President Obama: Make Veterans a Priority in the First 100 Days

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

As President Obama takes the oath of office, we want to make sure that he does not forget his promises of support for our military families and veterans.

A Hero's Journey: Barack Obama Goes To Washington

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

The Inauguration and Call to Service Congratulations, America! Today, we got ourselves a new president! Come on now, you have to admit, this is ...

Bumper Stickers, Lapel Pins and Sound Bytes, Oh My!

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Susan Corso

Perhaps Obama might take a page out of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What he needs to be a great leader are three things he has developed over the years of his public service.

"OUR INAUGURATION": Watch HuffPosters Take The Oath Of Office (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In preparation for President-Elect Barack Obama's Inauguration on January 20, HuffPost is encouraging everyone to submit a video of themselves saying ...

HuffPosters: Take The Oath of Office

Huffington Post | Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama is not the only one being inaugurated on January 20th. We all are. This moment in history demands that we stop waiting on others -- espe...

Obama's Request: Add "So Help Me God" To Oath

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama has requested that the words "so help me God" be added to the end of the oath of office to be administered by Chief Justi...

The Man Who Will be President.

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Susan Corso

This election is not about the woman who could be president, it's about the man who will be president. It's time to put down the fear.

A True Litmus Test For Reelection

Mickey Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mickey Edwards

On the first day of Congress, members swear to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States ... against all enemies foreign and domestic." Not the President, not a political party -- the Constitution.