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How Radically To Uproot The Root Of Our Political Misery

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

We here at LivingRoomConversations.org consider ourselves "radicals." Radical doesn't mean vandal or hooligan. It means, literally and operationally, "from the root."

Want Less Partisanship? Change Who Draws the Lines

Corbett A Grainger | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Corbett A Grainger

In most states, the legislators themselves can creatively draw districts that yield their desired outcome -- this is akin to the politicians choosing their constituents. What type of district would be best for a representative democracy? Districts drawn by the politicians themselves, or districts drawn independently according to an objective set of criteria?

One Nation Under God, So Divisible

Dave Helfert | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

The threats are as potentially devastating as any the country has ever faced, yet the response from many of our elected officials has gotten smaller and smaller in every respect.

Will Any Presidential Candidate Commit to Fixing Our Nation's Infrastructure?

Dante Disparte | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Dante Disparte

This week's power failure in parts of Washington, D.C. are a reminder, as if one were needed, about the deplorable state of infrastructure more generally in the United States.

Help Wanted, Now Hiring -- Leader of the United States

Robert Hall | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

Democracy is a relational form of government. True Relational Leadership aspires to navigate this country to its unifying destiny not its leaders' polarizing re-election. Hiring our next leader starts with selecting a WHO that will lead us together to WHAT.

Here Are the Most Conservative and Liberal States in Congress

FindTheBest | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
FindTheBest

Texas and California are frequently used to epitomize America's red and blue divide, but they're not actually the most partisan states when considering how the population votes in congressional elections.

Big Bills vs. Little Bills

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"

The Least Financially Secure Americans Are Barely Being Heard At The Ballot Box

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

America's most economically vulnerable are also the least likely to vote, according to a new Pew Research report. The analysis divides Americans in...

Dear Conservatives, Let's Not Ruin 2015 Like We Ruined 2014

Isaac Saul | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Isaac Saul

Liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, centrists and libertarians, independents and people who claim they hate politics, we're all in it together and we're all responsible for our country's actions -- whether we voted for those actions or not.

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.

What David Brooks Gets Wrong About 'Partyism'

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

Although Brooks decries the extent to which political appeals are phrased in existential terms, he simply tries to wish away the fact that politics addresses fundamental moral issues that go to the heart of what life is all about.

The Parties Can and Should Come Together on Judicial Nominations

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Federal courts are vital -- they decide pressing matters every day, whether they are challenges to employment discrimination, corporate malfeasance, or immigration appeals. Do we just throw our hands up on judicial nominations, buying into a lazy argument that nothing much can be done now with a Senate controlled by Republicans?

9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat)

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Tuesday's midterm elections handed Republicans full control of Congress, which will soon include an increasing number of extremely conservative (and l...

Did College Football Games Predict Tuesday's Electoral Outcomes?

Glen Browder | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Glen Browder

I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.

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.

Americans Are More Likely To Vote If They Hate The Other Party

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

The Americans most likely to vote in this year's midterms are also the most likely to be highly partisan and antipathetic toward their political rival...

Bridging the Chasm

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

For half a century beginning with Franklin Roosevelt, there was a direct connection between the problems that afflicted American society and the remedies on offer from our democratic system. High unemployment? The New Deal, the World War II mobilization, and the postwar boom took care of that. Stagnant wages? With unions, growing productivity, minimum wage laws, and other regulation of labor standards -- American real wages tripled. Education? The G.I. bill, massive investment in public universities, community colleges, and later in public elementary and secondary education produced a better educated and more productive population. The exclusion of blacks from the American dream? A mass movement and a revolution in civil rights law made a big down-payment on redeeming the promise of Lincoln. I could go on, but you get the point. In the last century, democratic politics addressed real problems.

Declaring War on Cultural War

Robert Hall | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

An Open Letter to Obama's Speech Writer

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 09.20.2014 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

It seems as if every day, regardless of what's going on in the world, Obama (or "this president" as he is commonly called) is charged with pretty much the same things. So I will simplify the job.

Soccer's Teamwork: Something That Works (When So Much Doesn't)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

So much in American life these days doesn't work. But soccer does work -- magnificently. I am not looking forward to returning to dysfunction and snafu.

The Hypocrisy of Extreme Partisanship

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Sure, one can argue that access to guns is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. But one could also argue that access to welfare is a Constitutional right protected by extension of the Tenth Amendment and even Fourteenth Amendment.

WATCH: After The Gavel: The Supreme Court, The Future And You

Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm MDT (4:40 - 5:40pm EST). As the Supreme Court wrap up its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, part...

Sabrina Siddiqui

The Senate Is Fighting Over The Keystone XL Pipeline. Again.

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is engaged in a fruitless battle over a pair of ill-fated energy bills. Again. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...

Harry Reid Should Call Kevin McCarthy's Bluff: A Vote for a Vote

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Newly-minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the gridlock in Congress.