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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...

Dave Jamieson

Board Games: How The Collapse Of The Senate Has Crippled The NLRB And Damaged Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

SMITHERS, W.Va. -- When he was a teenager, Barry Kidd went into the West Virginia coal mines, just like his father, his grandfather and his great-gran...

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

Necessary Roughness: Why Obama's Use of Executive Power Is Justified

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

We are a nation at risk of flying apart and falling apart, just as we were in 1787, and the prevention of that requires a firm leader who is willing to call the shots no matter how unpopular those decisions might be and no matter who disagrees with him.

Spinning the Chamber...

David Trumble | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
David Trumble

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Young Americans Have the Power to Change Washington

Jose Aristimuno | Posted 03.13.2013 | College
Jose Aristimuno

The truth is that there is simply too much at stake to stay idle. What politicians in Washington do today, will affect all of us in the future.

The Conservative 'Party' Dominates

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

There is a very widely shared myth about "Washington." Accordingly, there are two camps, the right-wing GOP and the left-leaning Democrats, who are more or less matched. Each control one house of Congress, and command about half of the electorate. Hence, the gridlock. Gridlock exists when one party pulls east and the other party pulls west and, hence, nothing budges. This is not the case in Washington. Here, most times, one party wants to move east and the other wants to stay put. Thus, what appears as gridlock is actually one conservative blocking victory after another. The fact that the last Congress passed only half as many bills as most previous ones does not trouble the conservatives one bit.

Pakistan's Collaborative Democracy -- Benefits of Dualistic Politics

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

Pakistan's collaborative democracy -- a form of government under which the leading political parties engage in dualistic politics of simultaneously governing and sitting in opposition -- has surfaced as a consequence of fortuitous election results.

Where Is America's Heart?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

It was also an America with a real moral compass that was based on high ideals rather than extremist beliefs. That was an America with both brains and heart, and with the essence of Rocky. So where is that America now, and how can we find it again?

Why I Am (Not) Surprised

Mickey Costa | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Mickey Costa

I don't know who to blame more, Obama or the American people. I mean, Congress is clearly solely to blame, but that is nothing new -- no secret there.

For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Why philosophy? Because the study of philosophy, the "love of wisdom," creates and nurtures thoughtful minds, minds that can -- as Aristotle suggests -- entertain a thought without accepting it.

Budget Deal Before the End of the World?

Beth Armogida | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy
Beth Armogida

President Obama and Speaker Boehner are trying to reach a budget deal before Christmas and the fiscal cliff. Screw Christmas and the fiscal cliff. They better hurry up before the Earth explodes on Friday.

Face to Face With the Faceless Regulators

Preeti Vissa | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Rather than the ideological gridlock that has become the beltway standard, we need our leaders to use this post-election moment to hit the ground running with real reforms that connect to people.

A Comforting Thought for the Holidays

Mike Edwards | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Edwards

Americans, whether they are gun-toting conservatives from Texas or hipster liberals from New York, mostly want the same things. In this era of political polarization and gridlock, I find that an extremely comforting thought.