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Partisan Gridlock

Who's In Charge Around Here?

Sen. Bill Bradley | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Sen. Bill Bradley

What's missing in the crazy campaign season is a coherent plan to fix Washington. The appeal of Trump and Sanders is that they are outsiders. Clinton's burden is that she's an insider.

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

It's a MAD, MAD, MAD World

Dave Helfert | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Nearly 25 years after the end of the Cold War, we seem to be in another battle to the death for dominance and power. This one is within the United States, but it's every bit as MAD. Our two political parties are locked in a hyper-partisan life and death struggle for control of the federal government and the national agenda.

Resolving to End Obstruction

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Republican party's government shutdown that lasted 16 days and cost the economy $24 billion offered a clear illustration of the dysfunction in Washington. But it doesn't have to be that way.

The Partisan Paradox

Selina Wang | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Selina Wang

Although it is easy, we cannot just blame politicians for our broken political system. Like the elected officials we castigate, voters often blindly follow their party even when they disagree with the party line on policy.

Ending Congressional Gridlock Requires Curbing Abuse Of The Filibuster

Nan Aron | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

Without reform, we're doomed repeat and amplify the exasperating gridlock of the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling talks. That's why Senate Resolutions 4 and 6 need the support of Democratic senators and the White House. The American people strongly support overhauling the filibuster.

Prospects For The 113th Congress

Sarah Binder | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Sarah Binder

In many ways, the new Congress should look like the old one. Prospects for a grand bargain over taxes and spending remain dim. I also expect that congressional power will remain concentrated in the hands of party leaders, and that rank-and-file legislators will continue to grumble about it.

Joy Resmovits

Huntsman, Manchin Get Together To Relaunch 'No Labels' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

On Sunday afternoon, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) made their way from Washington, D.C. to New York -- sitting nex...

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi: Partisan Gridlock Will Continue If Obama Is Reelected, Congress Keeps Current Majorities | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the partisan gridlock in Washington won't change if President Barack Obama gets reele...

Michael McAuliff

Clinton: GOP Is Too 'Scared' To Compromise | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana's GOP Senate primary winner Richard Mourdock represents what's wrong with American politics these days, former President Bill Cl...

America, a Country Where Most Things Work

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Washington may be broken, but I'm convinced that America is not. When the values of our leaders in Washington again reflect the values of ordinary Americans, Washington will start working again.

Reform Congress/Save Ourselves-II

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

Introduction: I published this essay on 09-11-11. I received comments that helped clarify aspects of it. This is a revision. Thesis: We live in a ...

What if We Don't Raise the Debt Ceiling?

David Colarusso | Posted 09.12.2011 | Comedy
David Colarusso

2011-07-13-Screenshot20110713at10.36.33AM.jpg This was sparked by the talks surrounding the debt ceiling, but I am afraid it could work for just about anything these days.

Partisan Obstructionism Threatens National Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Every day without New START in force is another day we don't know for sure what is going on with Russia's nuclear weapons. That is not good for America.

Politicians -- Wrong People for Politics

Deborah Plummer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Plummer

Diversity of thought and expression is the foundation of a democracy. It is on this platform that Congress could make a significant contribution to society and maybe even solve a few problems.