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Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama 'Could Learn From' This Story

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

Fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters recently denounced the government’s legal action against New York Times Reporter James Risen, who was orde...

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

AG Holder Needs to Let Bad Laws Go to Court

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Judges are supposed to be smart enough to handle the squabbling between the two branches of government. Eric Holder needs to let judges do their jobs. That means using the state's AG's to fight bad laws in court.

Presidential Power Grabs: Their Causes and Cure

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Bruce Ackerman

The present system of checks and balances is broken. Now is a good time to consider serious reform. Neither Democrats nor Republicans can be confident that they will win in 2016, and reap the short-term rewards of the next round of unilateralism.

TURN THE PAGE AND BELIEVE?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Have you ever read something in a newspaper or magazine about something which you happened to have firsthand knowledge of and realized that what was r...

Checks and Balances: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Jack Pinkowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jack Pinkowski

Conservative Republicans are using the system, because they can, to bring the healthcare bill back on the agenda by refusing to pass the omnibus budget bill for 2014. This is possible by design and a result of the Separation of Powers. That system of checks and balances incorporates the need for agreement and compromise between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.

NSA Spying Scandal May Indicate U.S. Checks and Balances System Is Broken

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Policemen should not police themselves, nor should lawyers or doctors or any other occupations -- for obvious reasons of bias for the profession against the citizen. Yet our governmental system allows the federal branches to monitor and police each other.

Surveillance Act Needs Independent Advocates to Promote Reliable Intelligence, Protect U.S. Ideals

Merton Bernstein | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

One key element of American exceptionalism is our dedication to the rule of law. It is a value that constitutes an inspirational force throughout the world. We owe it to ourselves to protect that heritage.

The Civilization Genome Project

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Bruce Fein

A civilized society honors virtue, wisdom, self-restraint, and a search for truth without ulterior motives. It is not preoccupied or awed by technological wizardry, scientific discoveries, limitless wealth, athletic marvels, or weapons of mass destruction.

Can Government Still Work?

Lance Simmens | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Lance Simmens

That our country is politically polarized is probably one reality both sides can actually agree upon. But I fear that ideological and conceptual polarization has become a casualty to politics rather than the other way around.

Scalia: Recuse or Resign

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Scalia has a right to believe voting rights are a "perpetuation of racial entitlement" for blacks and Hispanics, but should promote this repellent and biased view on conservative talk radio, not the court.

If You're Sick of Gridlock, Blame the Constitution

Eric Black | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

This little screed is the introductory installment in an ongoing series that will bravely seek to explore the connection between the news and the olds, between what's bothering us now and the system in which the botherances are, at least in many cases, rooted.

What We Can Teach Our Kids About the Conventions

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

I fell in love with politics as a kid when I first heard the soaring cadence of John F. Kennedy's acceptance speech when he was nominated for President in 1960. I became a political junkie right then and there.

Unchecked Power Granted by House Bill 87

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

The governor and the legislature must also establish checks and balances for this body -- otherwise we are likely to see abuses of power committed at public's expense.

Checks and Balances

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today's political commenters often misuse the concept of "checks and balances" to refer directly to politics. This is just flat-out wrong.

The American Military Empire Comes Home

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are ...

OLC's Skillful Defense of President Obama's Recess Appointments and Its Possible Aftershocks

Peter M. Shane | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The Justice Department's release of on Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion regarding President Obama's recess appointments power is a welcome display of public accountability. However one analyzes the bottom line, the opinion is a model of the genre.

Should Courts Make Education Policy?

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Because on the matter of whether courts can usurp the role of a governor and legislature, just in case there were still any doubt, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter Doyne has removed all.

Ten Congressional Commandments

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

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.

Thinking on George Washington and Barack Obama at Thankgiving

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Barack Obama could become the George Washington of a next era for the country -- but he's going to have to learn how to be less acquiescent to the political weather.

Dereliction of Duty? Feingold Challenger Would Forfeit His War & Peace Public Duties to White House

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Does Ron Johnson not know any history of the Senate and the many great Republicans and Democrats who have helped shape the national security decisions of the nation -- often knocking back or kicking along the White House?

The Country We Could Have Been

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

In his last two posts, blogger Daði Rafnsson looks back at the words of an Icelandic political legend, Vilmundur Gylfason,

Media freedom and violence prevention

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the Conflict and Development blog on September 1, 2010. True believers in press freedom. Photo: Brooks Kraft/Sygma...

The "Kill" Bill: Obama, the Internet and the Beginning of a Congressional Odyssey

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While PNCAA (the so-called "Internet Kill Switch" bill) seems to advocate a cross-sectoral approach to tackling cybersecurity threats, it doesn't use private sector best practices when establishing what is supposed to be a response to potential "cyber warfare."