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The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

Is "Dumb And Dumber" An American Political Trademark?

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Bernard Starr

What else don't our elected officials know? And should we be concerned? More important, can we do anything to ensure that our representatives are informed on important issues?

The Black Box: Range Voting

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Range voting eliminates spoilers and splitting the vote between two good candidates. It gives voters a chance to show how much they dislike someone, rather than just being silent. For these reasons, Range Voting is superior to Instant Runoff Voting.

Preaching to All Choirs on the High Holidays

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

I am no longer a pulpit rabbi, so the question of sermon topics on the High Holy Days is one I consider as a consumer rather than as a provider - but that doesn't stop me from reflecting on the situation congregational rabbis are in this month.

Jacob Kerr

American Politicians Used To Have Some Pretty Incredible Names | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

When then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama first stepped onto the national scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he referred to himself as...

4 New Trumps Shaking Fast Track's House Of (Trading) Cards

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

With these four new trump cards on the table, the odds against fast-track get better -- and almost certainly the next Presidential election will put the candidates of both parties to the test. Trade diplomacy's House of Cards looks ever shakier -- even if it doesn't topple in the next few months.

Scary Stupid Senators' Stunts

Gerry Myers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Democrats need to find their voice. In 2016 there are 198 Democratic seats in the Senate and House that will be up for election.

When Senators Sabotage Science

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Senator Jim Inhofe is already off to a great start in 2015, spouting pseudo-science and degrading the effectiveness of his new committee with inaccurate diatribes against global warming. Just this week, he made a speech on the Senate floor lambasting the "hysteria" surrounding climate change.

Senators Urge Ban On E-Cigarettes On Airplanes

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators sai...

Wisconsin Senate Blind-Sided By the Department of Public Instruction

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Nearly three years later, just yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate finally caught wind of the investigation through the media, and decided to inquire further.

GOP Senate Candidate: Senators Don't Make That Much Money

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

Though senators make $174,000 a year, a Republican Senate candidate and businessman isn't too impressed with their salaries. Asked by MSNBC's Kasi...

Income Inequality and Campaign Money: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

In these days of record-breaking-spending legislators and aspiring politicians, regardless of party, pursue campaign dollars from high-income donors as a matter of simple political survival. They follow the advice of Willie Sutton who, when asked why he robbed banks said, "that's where the money is."

Hey YouTube Mo Fo, Get Offa My Cloud

Wendy Block | Posted 01.31.2014 | Media
Wendy Block

Wednesday morning. Three pies and 48 muffins to make -- all gluten-free of course. The kid and her boyfriend are flying in tonight (yea!). The house, ...

The Nuclear Option: A Sad Day for America

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Since President Obama took office, Republicans have used the filibuster an average of 14.4 times per year to block his nominations. That is 50 times higher than the 1952-2008 average, and more than 14 times higher than during the administration of President George W. Bush. It is a shame that the Republicans brought things to this pass. The filibuster is a useful tool to prevent a president whose party controls the Senate from pushing through the nomination of an appointee who is incompetent, who lacks integrity or whose views are truly outside the "mainstream" of respectable opinion. That we have now lost that important safeguard is deeply unfortunate. But the responsibility for this development rests squarely on the shoulders of the Republican members of the Senate, who have brought this not only upon themselves, but upon the nation. It is a sad day for America.

WATCH: Sens Goalie Leaves Ice On Stretcher

Posted 11.04.2013 | Sports

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson was taken from the ice on a stretcher after a collision with Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin inside the crease on...

Most Americans Now Live in States That Have Rejected Marijuana Prohibition

Rob Kampia | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Given the rapid rate at which public support is growing nationwide, it doesn't take a mathematician to recognize that marijuana prohibition is on its way out.

You Have to Be Really Stupid to Stir Up This Hornet's Nest: Pro-choice Women in Texas Angry as Hell

Vivian Norris | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

People will be talking about Senator Davis' filibuster for many years to come. Those who have made, and will make the trip to the capitol in Austin to make their voices heard, will become politicized forever. They will not forget the energy and solidarity which we have witnessed.

Senators Pull Off Incredible Comeback

AP | Posted 07.07.2013 | Sports

OTTAWA — Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime, lifting the Ottawa Senators past the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 to grab a 3-1 lead in their playoff ...

The Senators' Unofficial Playoff Anthem

Posted 05.02.2013 | Sports

Despite losing two star players for the majority of the season due to injuries, the Ottawa Senators have made it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now with...

The Faces of Shame (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Rana Florida

Do Americans really value the right to bear firearms -- and not just any firearms, but ones that are designed to kill as many people in as short a time as possible -- more than they do the safety of their children?

NHL Postpones Bruins-Senators Game

AP | Posted 06.15.2013 | Sports

BOSTON (AP) — The NHL says Monday night's game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at TD Garden has been postponed in the aftermath of the...

Senate Barbershop Loses $350,000 Per Year

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.20.2013 | DC

After lathering up deficits of roughly $350,000 a year over the past 15 years, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer says it’s time to give the U....

NHL Fight Ends With A Knock Out

Posted 03.07.2013 | Sports

The Ontario rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a quick start on Wednesday night when David Dziurzynski and Frazer ...

Warren, Others Pressure Obama To Act On Key Issue

The Washington Post | Greg Sargent | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

President Obama has talked a lot lately about using his executive authority to circumvent Congress when it fails to act on pressing issues. He has als...

Political Futures Hang In The Balance

The Houston Chronicle | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

Fifteen state Senators will face voters in 2014, rather than serving a typical four-year term, following the once-a-decade re-election term drawing We...