The harsh reality is that men like Antonin Scalia, John Boehner and other right-wing ideologues are determined to use their power to keep women down. That is why we need an explicit guarantee of equality for women in the Constitution.
Opponents of health-care reform have rallied around a constitutional objection to the "individual mandate." They argue that Congress has no constitutional authority to mandate coverage. They are wrong.
Originalism has been manipulated by the right to mask its approach to determining the values enforced by the Constitution. The originalists of the right are entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own text, and not to their own history.
Members of Congress have abdicated to the president their constitutional responsibilities because of slavish devotion, staggering constitutional illiteracy, and a vassal-like conviction that the executive branch knows best.
The financial fallout for individuals and companies is too important to be left to an unaccountable and secret economic czar. Congress' abdication of responsibility to the Federal Reserve puts us in dangerous territory.
Now that Republicans in the House are the object of their own campaign ire (they're now "the government"), they need to reject the malevolent commentators on the sidelines and stand up for our institutions of civil governance.
What does James Madison, a product of the eighteenth century, have to teach us about the practice of politics in the twenty-first? Simply and profoundly this: He knew how to lose, and he knew how to win.
21st century journalism will be about controlling and having access to the "stack" -- taking vast amounts of raw information and transforming it into useful material for telling interesting and important stories.