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Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

Lawmakers Increasingly Realize Fast Track Is a Fraud

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

The Teamsters for years have been an outspoken critic of fast-track trade authorization which allows bad proposed trade agreements to move through Congress on just a quick up-or-down vote. And in the last week, we were joined by 185 House lawmakers who feel the same way.

The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11.

Licensing AmmanNet's News Website

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

News websites in Jordan have been shaken up ever since the Abdullah Ensour government decided to enforce a controversial law that forces websites that...

East Colorado Reservations

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Putting secession on the ballot in a county is, pretty obviously, nothing more than a political stunt. It brings to mind those who launch efforts to amend the Constitution even though they know they're never going to succeed. I appreciate the value of a good political stunt, though.

Mel Watt's Confirmation and the Senate at a New Low

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

It is ironic that the trade deals that have ravaged jobs for millions of Americans likely met the original test as treaties, given their long range implications and participation of numerous foreign governments, yet if they are fast tracked they cannot be amended and are adopted by majority vote.

A Serious Flaw in Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Despite claims by advocates for Common Core, there is no universal timeless interpretation of a text. Meaning then and now is something that we debate, not uncover, while supporting our views with evidence from both the text and from the world.

To Swear or Not to Swear: The Founders' Original Intent for Military Oaths

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The founders who wrote the first military oath under the Constitution in 1789 did not include the words "So help me God," so their intent was obviously that these words not be part of the oath.

Why Our Politics Don't Work Any More

Sandy Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

OK, so the latest Republican-manufactured crisis is finally over. But we're on warning that they could do it all over again in just three months. Which gets us to the question of why our government is so dysfunctional.

The USA Defaults -- on Its Constitution

Robin Koerner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Throughout these last few weeks, everyone involved in the negotiations on funding the government and the debt ceiling should have been repeating somet...

The Myth of States' Rights

Leon Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leon Friedman

The assertion of states' rights really means resistance to progressive federal laws designed to alleviate the inequality in our society. We must look more closely at the real reason why States rights are asserted to block action by the federal government.

A Shutdown to Shutdowns

David J. Brunell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David J. Brunell

Here's the proposal: amend the Constitution to have a continuing resolution be the default. Rather than have the government shut down when Congress can't agree (on how) to fund the government, have the government automatically funded at current levels unless and until a new budget is passed.

The Real Life Game of Thrones

Kevin Richberg | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin Richberg

Our government is supposed to be a reflection of us, the people, that's surely one thing Americans would agree on. So I merely suggest that we end the denial on both sides. Admit that we have a problem, and that problem is: we hate each other.

Tea Party: The Constitution Is an Inconvienent Truth

Zach Friend | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Zach Friend

Apparently they love the Constitution until it becomes inconvenient. Kind of like how they love to rail against "big government" until they can get photo-ops about governmental programs they like.

Drunk And Disorderly: How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

Joe Conason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

Republicans used to tell us, often with a self-righteous air, that they were the true upholders of constitutional order, the rule of law, fiscal probity, personal responsibility, majority rights, and market principles.

Government Shutdown, the Constitution and the Tea Party

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

In the early days of our country, it became obvious that the Articles of Confederation was an inadequate governing document. The early leaders had de...

Citizens Divided: The Supreme Court's Next Campaign Finance Test

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

While most Americans already think Congress is doing a bang up job preventing itself from solving the nation's problems, the Court will hear a case on the second day of its new Term that could make it even harder for Congress to address one particular issue: the corrupting influence of money in politics.

An Explanation for the Blatant Irrationality of the 'Shutdowners'

David Ropeik | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

The most puzzling thing about the madness of the arch conservatives who have taken America hostage is, how can they be so deep inside their own extremist ideological worldview that they can't see that what they are doing is self-destructive?

A Modest Proposal to Restore Constitutional Government

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

While the Tea Party may display the Constitution at their rallies, their movement and their current strategy in Congress are at their heart fundamentally anti-Constitutionalist and anti-Madisonian.

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

Government Shuts Down But Dysfunctional Military Commissions Continue

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A little government shut-down wasn't going to deter Army Colonel James Pohl. While most federal employees were furloughed, the judge presiding over the 9/11 case at the Guantanamo Bay military commissions on Tuesday insisted the pre-trial hearings continue apace.

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.

Paul Blumenthal

Elizabeth Warren: 'We Face A Clear Danger' On Campaign Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warned Thursday that a coming Supreme Court case that could ultimately eliminate certain campaign contri...

The Top 5 Issues Congress Isn't Dealing With Because of the Budget

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Without a normal compromise budget in place, legislation must be passed every few months to continue funding the government, a process which is redirecting Congressional energies almost exclusively to finances.

War Powers: Constitutional or Imperial Presidency

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

It is exceedingly difficult to understand how presidential war derives from a textualist or intentionalist interpretation of the Constitution. The argument is made, nonetheless.