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Checks and Balances

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."

Are You Brainwashed? 7 Principles For Free Government

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Precisely because Americans are easily distracted -- because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights -- the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer toward authoritarianism.

President Obama's Signing Statements and Congress's Response: A Return to Separation of Powers Sanity?

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The intriguing debate continues on President Obama's use of signing statements to protest provisions of statutes he is signing into law.

Congressional Oversight Needed

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Effective congressional oversight is critical for maintaining the separation of powers established under our Constitution and serves not only the interests of Congress, but also those of the executive branch and the American public.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...

Bush v. Gore Rears Its Head (Part IV): A New Check on the Court to Defend the Rule of Law

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The false national consensus that national security should trump constitutional protections for liberty and privacy exemplifies such collusion today.

Who Is Pressing The Pressmen?

Emily Bracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Emily Bracken

Humorists and comedians are a curious bunch. Quixotic by nature, they want so desperately to live in a world of decency, fairness and goodness, and in Stewart's case, in a world where the media grew some cajones.

Krugman on Obama and 'You 2.0'

Juliette Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Juliette Powell

There have been some proposed appointments in the national security area, or at least floated appointments, that have essentially been torpedoed because the online community said, "No."

Executive Vigor Without Executive Arrogance II: A Primer on Executive Orders

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

If the President issues a pardon, no later President can undo it. After George H. W. Bush pardoned the Iran-Contra defendants, Presidents Clinton could not say: "Hold on! I'm taking those pardons back!"

Executive Vigor Without Executive Arrogance III: Three Steps Away from the Unitary Presidency

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

My last two posts focused on whether a newly inaugurated President Obama can move energetically to displace Bush-era policy without embracing a radica...

Executive Vigor Without Executive Arrogance I: Ending the Reign of Signing Statements

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

With supporters clamoring for the new president to wipe away Bush-era policies with a stroke of a pen, how can the new president wield his own pen without embracing the Bush assault on constitutionalism?

Political Parties Are Not "Checks" Or "Balances"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm not worried about whether checks and balances will disappear if Republicans don't have more than 40 seats in the Senate. True checks and balances are more fundamental than party affiliation.

Ending Divided Government, Bringing Back Checks and Balances

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The end of the George W. Bush Administration will mark the end of a 40-year period during which, for thirty of those years, the White House and at lea...

Executive Privilege: Let Congress's Contempt Suit Proceed

Emily Berman and Aziz Huq | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Berman and Aziz Huq

The executive is assigned the tools to respond to danger -- which also makes it the branch that poses the greatest risk to our own liberties and the branch in greatest need of oversight.