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Constitutional Convention

Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.

The Lincoln Myth: A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the international bestselling author of nine Cotton Malone historical thrillers and four stand-alone thriller novels. His books have been translated into forty languages. History--Steve's passion--lies at the heart of each one.

For The First Time In 30 Years, We Could See A State Hold A Constitutional Convention

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

With a little help from its state legislators, Rhode Island has taken another step toward reconsidering its state constitution. The Providence Jou...

Jon Ward

Tom Coburn Decides Only A Constitutional Convention Can Fix Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When I entered Sen. Tom Coburn's office on Capitol Hill, he declined my offer to shake hands, telling me he had a cold. That reminded me...

Is American Politics Broken?

Craig Snyder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Craig Snyder

The first Federal government shut down in 17 years. The prospect of the first ever default on our nation's debt. Why can't our political parties compr...

Royal Pain

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For historical accuracy: The Federalists in the early Congresses did indeed propose the title "His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties" for the president, but it was laughed down by James Madison and others and the simple "Mister President" was accepted instead.

John Celock

New Backers Behind Constitutional Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

Advocates for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution have pinned their hopes on state legislatures calling for a new constitutional conv...

John Celock

States Seek Constitutional Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

At least three states are seeking to force a constitutional convention to consider changes to the founding document. Indiana, Georgia and Kansas h...

Time to Work the Pivot Points

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Only one letter separates word from work. Words, ideas, thoughts can become the basis for work. By concentrating on and working the pivot points, we can translate concepts into action and get America working again. Let's get to work!

Constitution Check: Would an Elected Supreme Court Get More Respect?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Among scholars who want the U.S. Supreme Court changed, most want term limits, not elections. The reason seems obvious, given the politics of the day.

Lost Provision Orders Do-nothing Congress Be Publicly Horsewhipped

Spencer Green | Posted 12.21.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a stunning discovery, scholars have uncovered a long-lost provision in the United States Constitution which demands that all future do-nothing Congresses be horsewhipped in a public setting.

Occupy Wall Street: If South Americans Can Reform Their Constitutions, Then Why Not Us?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.21.2011 | New York
Nikolas Kozloff

Occupy Wall Street protesters are now on a high and are set to take their movement to the next level. Take, for example, the radical notion of amending the Constitution to address protesters' demands.

Report from the Conference on the Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Most Americans can surely agree that Congress, as much as possible, should be unconstrained by incentives that compel it to behave differently than would a representative sample of Americans, coming together to try to do what's best for our country.

The Constitution We Nearly Had

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Imagine a very different Constitution -- one where Congress could kill any state law, where a twenty-six member Senate controlled treaty-making with other nations, and where the president's veto was exercised jointly with the Supreme Court.

A Conference on the Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

As many of us believe that our nation has come to another moment of crisis in its capacity to govern, some of us believe we must begin to talk through whether fundamental reform through a convention will be required.

Civility: Not a Traditional American Value

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Obama's call for greater civility in our political discourse has great surface appeal. But in the early days of the nation, violence among politicians was commonplace.

Court Nullifies Election: Better Luck Next Time

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

If the Icelandic government decides to hold a second election for the Constitutional Convention, it is to be hoped that the powers-that-be go beyond simply tweaking the ballots and the voting booths.

Iceland's Supreme Court Nullifies Constitutional Convention Election

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

The results of the Icelandic elections to determine the members of the Constitutional Convention were nullified by the Icelandic Supreme Court today.

You Say You Want a Constitution?

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir

The Beatles' song "Revolution" has been in my mind all day. That's because this morning I woke up as a newly elected representative to the country's new constitutional assembly.

A Historic Year for State Con-Cons

J.H. Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J.H. Snider

Even if a constitutional convention makes only a slight improvement in the quality of state democracy, the payback can dwarf the cost.

Constitution Day: Celebrate The Birth Of America With A New Illustrated Constitution (PHOTOS)

Lena Tabori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lena Tabori

The words are from our founding fathers. But the illustrations are all Sam's. He is ninety-four now and his passion for freedom is unabated. To him, the Constitution epitomizes the unique American attachment to freedom.

Constitution Day: Celebrate the Bill of Rights

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

James Madison's political courage and determination cannot be overstated. He was insistent, compelling, unyielding and ultimately triumphant.

Generating "Radical" Ideas for Government Innovation -- A Starter List

Lenny Mendonca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lenny Mendonca

Though the ambitious effort to reform California's broken system of government through a constitutional convention was stymied this year, the spirit of reform is alive and well in California and elsewhere.

Disclose Act Isn't Nearly Enough, With or Without the "NRA Exemption"

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

If Congress fails to act on the constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United ruling, there's another option: a constitutional convention.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.