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Can the People's Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I hope that all of this suggests that we are arriving at a tipping point and are ready to do the hard work necessary to take back our democracy and our government.

A Tyrant? Not Exactly...

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Any ambitious path of executive action must be conducted in a manner consistent with the law and the appropriate role of coordinate branches. But should we snap to attention when we hear hyperventilating about his supposed abuse of power? At least so far, hardly.

The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

The Impending Battle on Presidential Reelection in Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

It is widely believed in Honduras that President Juan Orlando Hernández will call for a public referendum within the next two years (probably before the primary elections in late-2016) to reform Article 374, which prohibits the reelection of a president.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Whatever one thinks of the President's actions so far, it does not seem likely that there will be a majority in Congress in the near future to force the withdrawal of U.S. military forces. But there might well be a majority in the near future to insist that a military campaign that goes on for months needs explicit Congressional authorization.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.

No, The Founders Were Not Tea Partiers

New York Magazine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

A longstanding conceit of conservative thought, which has returned with new force during the Obama years, is that conservatism is the authentic heir t...

President Must Get Proper Congressional Approval for Any Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To be constitutional, any agreement with Iran must be in the form of a treaty, which would need to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate.

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.

'Humanitarian Emergency' Does Not Suspend the Constitution on War Powers

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Every time the president -- this president or any president -- is allowed to "cut corners" on the Constitutional question of Congressional war powers, it sets a bad precedent for the future, eroding a key Constitutional, democratic speed bump against unnecessary wars of choice.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Who Should Decide? States' Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

David Morris | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

Supreme Court Justice Calls Constitution A 'Flawed Document'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy conceded Thursday that the Constitution is not meant to be interpreted in its original, literal state, the San F...

Boehner's Laughable Lawsuit

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republicans believe that suing Obama will excite and turn out their base voters, and they're betting that this benefit will be larger than any political blowback. Whether they're right in this political calculation or not remains to be seen. But what is undeniable is that, so far, this lawsuit is nothing short of laughable.

Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

New Video: More Shocking Details at College That Tried to Quarantine the Constitution

Susan Kruth | Posted 09.08.2014 | College
Susan Kruth

Plainly ignoring the guarantees of the First Amendment, campus security and a member of the MJC staff told Van Tuinen that he could hand out his written materials only in a small "free speech zone" and only with prior permission.

East Asia's Burning Constitutional Controversies

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Ryan Mitchell

The most intense ongoing conflict is the one centered on Hong Kong's dramatic recent protest movement calling for open nominations in the general elections that are scheduled to take place in 2017.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The Fourth of July marks the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Monday was the final day of the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term. The two have more in common than the justices on America's highest court seem to understand.

4 Free Speech Lawsuits in One Morning: Stepping Up the Fight Against Campus Speech Codes

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

For seven years I have written for The Huffington Post about the problem of campus speech codes -- absurd, often unconstitutional restrictions on the ...

When Ideologues Take Over the Administrative State: Punishing Ivory Owners Rather Than Saving Elephants

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Poaching has increased over the last decade, putting African elephants at risk. Additional global cooperation is necessary to save them. But America is not the problem.