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Congressional Gridlock

Jason Linkins

Let's Do It! Let's Bring Back Earmarks!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

For the past several years, Congress has been operating under a formal ban of earmarks -- tiny bits of spending that members previously enjoyed insert...

Joe Biden Calls On Governors To Lead Nation Out Of 'Mess'

AP | STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democrat...

The President, the Pen, the Phone, and the States

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'm often asked what President Obama can really accomplish on the economy with just "the pen and the phone," i.e., what can he do without Congress.

Congressional Self-Inflicted Wounds

Newton N. Minow | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Current systems of voting in the Senate and House are not required by law or the Constitution. They are rules and policies which senators and representatives have imposed upon themselves to set their own agendas.

Time to Send Congress to West Point

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

Is there any way -- any way at all -- to end the Congressional gridlock in Washington D.C.? A silver bullet to break down the silos of rigidly held convictions that continue to stymy the ability of America's elected representatives to compromise and solve the country's pressing problems

Resolving to End Obstruction

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Republican party's government shutdown that lasted 16 days and cost the economy $24 billion offered a clear illustration of the dysfunction in Washington. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Braking Bad: The Critical Need to End Congressional Gridlock

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Put very simply, Congressional gridlock is killing the American dream. It is being sacrificed on the altar of ideological purity and partisan sanctimony. We need to put the brakes on that approach or we will break apart.

Why I'm Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we must remind ourselves -- and reclaim the practical idea -- that community is a common enterprise. None of us can go it alone.

Moving Beyond the Nation's Impasse: Shutdown Week 3

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

In traveling the country, I've repeatedly been asked: What's going on with the government shutdown and the country? Are we as a nation falling apart?

Satan and the Demons

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Being tempted by the devil was the first incident in Jesus' ministry following his baptism, and since it was initiated by God, it should be taken as a foreshadowing of Jesus' lifelong battle with Satan.

Dave Jamieson

Full Slate Of Obama Picks Get Confirmed

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed all five of President Barack Obama's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday, marking the first t...

Austerity: Pain Without Progress

Diane Swonk | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
Diane Swonk

For now, our political system appears to be broken, with our elected officials rewarded for winning political, not economic, battles. It's almost as if we have decided to deliberately ignore the lessons of our own Great Depression and Europe's debt crisis.

Gun Safety, Gridlock, and the Demise of Congress

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The fact is that Congress does not need some sort of invitation from the White House in order to do their job. To take affirmative action toward addressing our nation's problems, Congress should put aside its letterhead and stop writing letters to the President and federal agencies asking them to take action.

Dave Jamieson

House Democrats Walk Out Of Vote In Protest

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several House Democrats walked out of a committee vote in protest on Wednesday, accusing their Republican counterparts of refusing to ne...

Ending Congressional Gridlock Requires Curbing Abuse Of The Filibuster

Nan Aron | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

Without reform, we're doomed repeat and amplify the exasperating gridlock of the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling talks. That's why Senate Resolutions 4 and 6 need the support of Democratic senators and the White House. The American people strongly support overhauling the filibuster.

Prospects For The 113th Congress

Sarah Binder | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Sarah Binder

In many ways, the new Congress should look like the old one. Prospects for a grand bargain over taxes and spending remain dim. I also expect that congressional power will remain concentrated in the hands of party leaders, and that rank-and-file legislators will continue to grumble about it.

My Dream Intro to the Inaugural Speech

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

It is time to at least talk about some systemic changes to address the systemic and counterproductive political gridlock we are stuck with today.

Why Gridlock Is Good (If You're a Progressive)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Gridlock is the political equivalent of a medically induced coma. Basic life functions continue while a critical disease runs its course. Being in a coma isn't good for anyone, but when the disease is worse, a coma may be the only way to return to health.

The Meaning of a Do-Nothing Election

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

This country is stuck in a hell of its own making that passes for everyday life at a moment when the world, for better and/or worse, is coming unstuck in all sorts of ways.

Thank You, Mr. President: You Held Back the Worst

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Under the most trying conditions he has held the tide against disheartening reactionary opposition. It took character to do that without descending to the level of right-wing ideologues, for whom no tactic is too low.

Immigration Gridlock Not Likely to End After the Election

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

We recently saw for the first time in recent memory that the Democrats -- not Republicans -- blocked an immigration reform measure that many legislators in both parties say they support, in fact.

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.

Andrea Stone

Congress -- Where Committee Power Trumps Bioterror Protection

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four years after a congressionally mandated commission warned that bioterrorism poses the greatest threat to the nation, the form...

The "Gridlock" Story: Why Media Balance Is Broken

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

In order for the mainstream media to claim that their version of balance reflects the moderate middle, they're forced to ignore the actual moderate middle.