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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.

Wendy Davis's Filibuster: Keeping Gridlock Alive

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

I support Senator Davis and I oppose the bill she fought against. However, that doesn't change my opinion of the filibuster tactic and the way it is used now, both in individual state senates and in the U.S. Senate.

World Oceans Day: Time to Stop the War on Our Oceans

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.

Do it Like Canadians: Does Their Governing Structure Offer a Solution to Our Dysfunction?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In our government, the president's top deputies are partisan appointments, part of a thick layer of political appointees that run every important council and agency in the government.

Apple's Tax Avoidance: 'Not Illegal' Does Not Mean Moral, Right or Acceptable

Brian Levin | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Our government is not always going to protect us from everything that may be harmful or close loopholes to make our tax system more equitable and fair. That is just the way our system works. But, that is where all of us come in

Fishes -- and Other Things

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.27.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

A week later she telephoned me and rather sheepishly admitted that, much to her surprise and contrary to what she had been taught, "fishes" was the correct plural of "fish" when referring to different kinds or species of fish. Her seeing the light pleased me. But then I made a mistake.

No NLRB, No Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Today the NLRB has no teeth, but if H.R. 1120 has its way, tomorrow it might not survive. A vote for H.R. 1120 is a vote to send this country to a pre-1935 era, before the National Labor Relations Act.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Makes Major Nominations

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made three nominations to the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday, hoping to bring some stability to an age...