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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.

The Legacy of Wangari Maathai: Two Years On

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

If she were alive, we have no doubt Wangari would be deeply engaged in the global climate debate, and promoting the realization of climate justice. She'd be working to protect the forests of the Congo Basin and she'd be keeping her eye on that farmer in Yaoundé and those like her.

A Good Read: The Case for the Constitution

Blake Kernen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

Have you ever read the United States Constitution? It's 4,543 words long including the signatures. But after reading it, there's one thing that should be absolutely clear: We, as Americans, are the luckiest people in the world.

The 'Ted Cruz Amendment' to the Constitution of the United States

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There is a grave question about whether Ted Cruz is eligible for the presidency. While we are at it, let us bring the constitutional requirements for federal officeholders up to date, based on the 200+ years' experience we now enjoy under those rules.

Failing the Sixth Amendment's Promise of Right to Counsel

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Instead of ensuring budgets for proper counsel for the poor, many states have gone the other way and slashed funding for public defenders offices. That is no way to honor, let alone uphold, a fundamental constitutional right.

The American and Egyptian Revolutions: Not So Different After All

Alex Reichert | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Alex Reichert

There was no specific day in American history when the U.S. sprouted from scattered dysfunction into a cohesive beacon of freedom and democracy. Let's not be so quick to judge Egypt.

Constitutional Failure

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Howard Schweber

I cannot think of a time when the institution of Congress itself has been so directly threatened by the actions of its members.

Elizabeth Warren Is Right

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

It's no surprise that Warren's speech has drawn fire from the right. What is surprising is the weakness of the conservative response, which, in turn, demonstrates the air-tight case Warren has made about the pro-corporate trend at the Supreme Court.

An America As Good As Its Promise

Sen. Amy Klobuchar | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

We can fix the Voting Rights Act, we can pass the Same-Day Registration Act and other important election reforms, and we can finish the march that Congressman Lewis and so many other brave men and women started in Selma all those years ago.