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Washington Should Follow California's Lead on Political Reform

Steve Westly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Westly

While California is often chided for its progressive world view, the rest of the country should pay attention to two of the smarter things we have done to reform the electoral process, increase voter participation, and cut down on legislative stalemates.

Filibustering Clean Air and Climate Action

Courtney Hight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Courtney Hight

It is no surprise that many reckless Senate Republicans will do anything it takes to keep seats on the D.C. Circuit Court vacant: If they were filled, it could bring balance to the court and ensure our most important laws are enforced fairly.

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Coburn Calls Reid 'An Absolute A**hole'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) found it "disgraceful" that some members of his party -- including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) -- were fundraising in New York o...

Republicans Are the Reason Secretary Sebelius Won't Resign

John Hudak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Hudak

Kathleen Sebelius will stay, and Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. Why is this? In an ironic twist of fate the Republican Party's obsession with filibustering, delaying, or holding executive branch nominations will finally have negative consequences for the GOP instead of the president.

Kerry Warns Budget Gridlock Could Lead To Lasting Damage

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - America's top diplomat warned on Thursday that the United States could suffer more ...

Why I'm Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we must remind ourselves -- and reclaim the practical idea -- that community is a common enterprise. None of us can go it alone.

The Roots of Congressional Discord

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Nearly all of the Tea Party lawmakers elected in 2010 had signed a document in which the signer forsakes one of the most sacrosanct responsibilities of his office: their independence to use their judgment to make the best decision to ensure the welfare of the American people.

Moving Beyond the Nation's Impasse: Shutdown Week 3

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

In traveling the country, I've repeatedly been asked: What's going on with the government shutdown and the country? Are we as a nation falling apart?

A Debt Ceiling Solution from Netflix's 'House of Cards'

Martin Ford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martin Ford

Defaulting on our national debt would also be historically unprecedented--and in a much bigger way. So why don't Democrats make a deal with Boehner? As long as Republicans hold a majority, they'll agree to cross the aisle and support him for Speaker.

Is Your Travel Problem a Hopeless Case?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 10.11.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

The government maintains a "no fly" list. Car rental companies keep "do not rent" lists. Hotels sometimes blacklist guests. So it probably makes sense that your favorite consumer advocate has a "do not mediate" list.

Americans' Gut Check on the Shutdown

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

The national fiasco popularly known as the federal government shutdown is prompting us to take a collective gut check: will anything productive and hopeful result from this mess?

The Only Upside to the Shutdown: Realizing We Need a New Political System

Rich Tafel | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Rich Tafel

This breakdown -- striking proof that America's win-lose, two-party system no longer serves our needs -- is only the beginning of what will be a series of jolts and shocks to the American public.

Their Real Goal: To Make Us All So Cynical About Government, We Give Up

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As average Americans give up on government, they pay less attention to what government does or fails to do -- thereby making it easier for the moneyed interests to get whatever they want.

'Fighting' Mad at Congress for Shutdown? Don't Be. It's Not Their Fault -- It's Ours

Bryan Farha | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Bryan Farha

Our anger should not be targeted at members of the House and Senate. It should be targeted at ourselves. You and I are ultimately to blame. Let me explain.

The Partisan Paradox

Selina Wang | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Selina Wang

Although it is easy, we cannot just blame politicians for our broken political system. Like the elected officials we castigate, voters often blindly follow their party even when they disagree with the party line on policy.

Standing on Political and Religious Principle -- That Doesn't Stand on Us

Robert Hall | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Hall

It is high time to stand on the principle of relationship -- loving what unites us more than we hate what divides us.

Satan and the Demons

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Being tempted by the devil was the first incident in Jesus' ministry following his baptism, and since it was initiated by God, it should be taken as a foreshadowing of Jesus' lifelong battle with Satan.

Why Martin Luther King's Dream Endures (and others Die)

John Friedman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
John Friedman

Occupy, perhaps reflects today's hyper-personal, polarized environment, and therefore seems to be going nowhere and slowly. That 'gridlock' may not be surprising in today's culture. It

Cyber Terror Is the New Language of War

Sen. Byron Dorgan | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Sen. Byron Dorgan

How dangerous could these cyber attacks be? Consider what might happen if our water supply, our electric grid, or the Internet was successfully shut down by a cyber attack.

Why the Senate Filibuster Should Be Abolished Entirely

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The whole idea of democracy is government by the people, of the people, and for the people, so why is it that anything but the votes of the people are allowed to decide political measures?

If You Want to Breathe Clean Air, Senate Reform and Democracy Matter

Philip Radford | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Grinding the federal government to a halt by abusing the filibuster is just one of the strategies that a handful of fossil fuel companies are using to undermine our democracy to keep their near-monopoly status in politics.

Gettysburg and Gridlock

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What I will be remembering -- and which I sincerely urge that today's politicians and media personalities read up on -- is the fact that the Civil War was actually postponed for decades by the most fierce ideological divide in our history.

Imagine a Labor Day Without Labor Law

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Democrats will now need to decide which side they are on. We could be the first generation of working Americans since 1935 to not have the protections of the NLRB.

Revitalizing Democracy, Community by Community

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Citizens, for their part, grow cynical and angry and learn nothing from poorly designed, empty-gesture or cynically rigged public participation exercises. As a consequence, the spiral of mistrust, gridlock and political dysfunction deepens.