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5 Myths About The Constitution's War Powers Propagated By The 'New York Times' And The 'Washington Post'

Bruce Fein | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

In serving as megaphones for an extra-constitutional American Empire and multi-trillion dollar permanent global presidential wars, the New York Times and the Washington Post propagate myths about the war powers worth more than two carrier battle groups to the Pentagon.

The World Has Spoken in Paris

William S. Becker | Posted 12.12.2016 | Good News
William S. Becker

The future that this generation hands to the next ultimately depends not on our dignitaries and diplomats, but rather on the concrete actions of states and localities, businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, scientists, ecological engineers, utility regulators, legislators, city councils and individual energy consumers.

A Walk in the Woods: A U.S. - Russia Rendezvous, in a "No-Try" Zone?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.06.2016 | Books
Joseph Cooper

"Andrey, this is our best proposal to date. The President has dedicated himself to the image of peacemaker. He wants to do some lasting work. You s...

Finish What Ike and JFK Started: Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
William Lambers

We shouldn't go on reliving the Cold War chapter of nuclear tests. Instead, let's finish what Ike and JFK started by ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

What 'The Mandela Rules' Mean for American Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

The Principles, like many important UN conventions, are not legally binding, so of course the US is not legally required to ensure compliance within its borders. But one would hope that we would demonstrate at least a moral conviction to these standards while we admonish other states for not doing so.

Treaties, Trade and Government By the People

David Morris | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Representative Ryan is correct that Congress is not voting on TPP. But he's wrong that if fast track fails Congress will be unable to "even consider a trade agreement." Of course it can.

Tighten the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Action Plan

Thomas F. McInerney | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Thomas F. McInerney

There are compelling reasons for updating and tightening the Action Plan, most notably the need to halt nuclear weapons modernization, adopt metrics to gauge progress, and improve cooperation between parties.  

Beneath the Debate of the Washington 'Redskins' Name is an Underlying Truth: The Vast Majority of Americans Have a Limited -- and Often Mistaken -- Understanding of Native American History

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
National Museum of the American Indian

The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Commits To Slashing Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025 | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON – The United States officially submitted its emissions-cutting target to the United Nations on Tuesday morning, formalizing its commitmen...

Why the Big Tribal 'Payout' Is Only a Start

Dennis Worden | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Dennis Worden

The complex legal history of the federal government's connection to Native American tribes was on display in separate events last week, neither shining a positive light on this continuum of American history, but both sowing the seeds for a more positive future.

Senate Needs to Ratify Nuke Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

The United States simply cannot return to the Cold War days of nuclear tests. We have not carried out any tests since 1992. We need to keep it that way. The alternative is downright scary.

The Impotent Plenipotentiary

Alex Glashausser | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

Just as Scalia will never be an unborn widow, he appears unlikely--regardless of any (en)treaties--to assume the role of legal doctrine's most indispensable character: the reasonable person.

Honor the Earth: Love Water, Not Oil

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Lots of oil and a shaky or non-existent infrastructure is cause for lots of worry in the North Country.

Stop the War on International Law

Don Kraus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Don Kraus

Whether you care about stopping climate change, getting rid of nuclear weapons, ending genocide or support human rights for all, it is past time to acknowledge and stop our self-destructive war on international law.

Crisis in Ukraine: a Cascade of Many International Law Violations

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Boris Mamlyuk

Despite the centrality of international law to the ongoing crisis, there has been remarkably little substantive discussion regarding the precise conventions, norms, and principles of international law at issue.

Agreements to Protect - Fail to Protect

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Have you ever heard of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances? Here's a hint. It was signed in Budapest, in 1994. My guess is, probably not. ...

The Constitution We Nearly Had

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Imagine a very different Constitution -- one where Congress could kill any state law, where a twenty-six member Senate controlled treaty-making with other nations, and where the president's veto was exercised jointly with the Supreme Court.

It's a Matter of Respect

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

In just a few days, the state of Texas is scheduled to execute a Mexican citizen. His name is Humberto Leal Garcia. Mr. Leal is a Mexican national w...

Getting Your Man to Commit

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

While roses and tubs of those Trader Joe's cookies are awesome, there is nothing more sexy than a man who is so self-assured that he'll work to shift the gender-power equation.

Democracies Dancing With the Devil

Dovid Efune | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dovid Efune

Backhanded handling with imposed leadership structures throughout the world may be a sad necessity for democracies; comprehensive agreements with concrete commitments including the ceding of land is downright irresponsibly dangerous.

Copenhagen Explained: A Game Of Double Jeopardy

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This Is A Special From Mother Jones, Written By David Corn. At the Copenhagen summit, there isn't a negotiating process to reach a climate pact. Ther...

Why Isn't Health Care an American Right?

Terry Humphrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Humphrey

The U.S. Senate has never ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966, one provision of which would mandate universal health care.

The Bloodless Coup of the Global Financial Stability Board: From Guidelines to Rules

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

Political colonialism is now a thing of the past, but under the new Financial Stability Board guidelines, nations can still be held in feudalistic subservience to foreign masters.

Exceptionalism is Wearing Thin

Judith Blau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith Blau

There are only 15 "core" human rights treaties that are in force. In the case of 3, the US has signed, without ratifying, them. In the case of 7, the US has neither ratified nor signed them.

Confirm Harold Koh as State Department Legal Adviser

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

Harold Koh is a brilliant and hard-working lawyer with a strong dedication to protecting America's interests and upholding our Constitution.