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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 Price of Gasoline and the Patently Absurd Application of Our Sovereign Immunity Law

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

We have an anomaly in our courts, irresponsibly supported by the executive and legislative branches of our government, in the manner that our courts interpret Sovereign Immunity and, in turn, its impact on our day to day lives.

Inside the President's Climate Toolbox, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Now, as FDR concluded about the Great Depression, climate disruption is invading the United States like a foreign enemy. It is inflicting physical damages, loss of life and growing burdens on federal spending and the economy.

Executive Branch Agencies Should Live by Their Own Standards

Patricia Harned | Posted 07.09.2012 | DC
Patricia Harned

This week is Public Service Recognition Week: a time to honor the men and women who serve our nation as government employees. But lately, the feeding frenzy surrounding scandals by federal employees will not go away.

Expediency

Gary Hart | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

Even as we nod in agreement when the President says "We can't wait," we will find it necessary to think about how a future, less benign, president will say the same thing to support reconstitution of the imperial presidency.

Lawmakers Face Insider Trading Ban

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sagging approval ratings brought Democrats and Republicans together Thursday, as the Senate passed a bill to explicitly prevent mem...

Super Congress or Star Chamber?

Joel Weinberger | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Joel Weinberger

Here's where we are now. A committee, grandiosely labeled a "Super Congress" will essentially decide whether and how much we'll cut and whether and h...

President Obama's Political Sepulcher

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.

Closing the Hope Gap: President Obama as Psychoanalyst-in-Chief

Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon

President Obama's campaign to help military families in any and every way possible may just turn out to be more effective in stemming the tragic epidemic of military suicides than any psychotropic drug or psychotherapeutic intervention.

Ten Congressional Commandments

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Members of Congress have abdicated to the president their constitutional responsibilities because of slavish devotion, staggering constitutional illiteracy, and a vassal-like conviction that the executive branch knows best.

2 Proposals For President Obama and the Democratic Party

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

No circular firing squads please; it is too late to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Let's prepare for the future. 1. Repair Our Base Where...

President Obama's Dismissal of General McChrystal is True to Form

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Much has been written about President Obama's decisive firing of General McChrystal from his command in Afghanistan. Yet it should have come to no one's surprise given an event now near forgotten over a year ago.

Shadow Elite: What's Behind Surging Executive Power? Globalization

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saskia Sassen

With a new emergent phase of democratic and quasi democratic regimes, can enhanced executive power linked to globalization be reoriented to better, noncommercial goals, like climate change, global hunger, or poverty?

Shadow Elite: Warrantless Wiretap Case & Obama: Abuse of Executive Power?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Last week's ruling that the warrantless wiretapping from the post 9-11 era is illegal was not just a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration. It also slammed the current administration.

The Commander-In-Chief Test: Failed?

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

Contrary to popular belief, and recent Executive custom, the Constitution conveys only three powers to the President of the United States that are entirely his and not subject to review or reversal.

President Obama's Clear Abuse Of Power Cited By...Senator Obama

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rob Warmowski

Those who sought legal idealism from the Obama administration won't be getting it, and those who saw a bloated, creeping Executive branch under Bush/Cheney have not, after all, voted in a choirboy.

President's Intelligence Oversight Board Remains Empty

Secrecy News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama has still not appointed anyone to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), Secrecy News has learned....

The Air Force One Fly-Over And The Obama Presidency's New Age Of Accountability

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

President Obama, acting without equivocation, has put his administration on notice. Nothing less than competence and dedicated service to the nation is expected. The Bush buddy years are at end.

Looking for a Job in the Obama Administration?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The thousands of people appointed throughout the Executive Branch set policies in everything -- you can be part of that.

Moderate Republicans Unhappy With Party's New Principles

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

The Republican Party is a ghost of its original self. It's no wonder reasonable, tolerant, progressive Republicans are jumping ship, while new recruits to the Party are diminishing.

Her Own Party?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

It might look to some like Sarah Palin is Dick Cheney on steroids. It's okay to play contrarian with a running mate, but it will be considered insubordination when he's your boss.

Precedent George Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bush's term in office will be remembered for the precedents it set, particularly in relation to the presidential power, and the separation of powers between the three branches of U.S. government.