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Three Things You (And Judges) Need to Know About the Bill of Rights

Evan Bernick | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Evan Bernick

This Monday, the Bill of Rights turned 223. It is an occasion for celebration and reflection. Celebration, because the Bill of Rights has proven a sturdy shield for protecting individual freedom. Reflection, because the Bill of Rights is often misunderstood, even by judges.

A Republic or a Democracy -- Let's Get This Straight

Diane Dimond | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

From Washington to the heartland, we are not behaving well. We've become a selfish and myopic melting pot on many levels, working against each other toward narrow goals and not the common good.

Stampede to the Exit

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted me to issue ads in the North Carolina senate race, I now know that "for six years the policies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have dominated Washington." Karl Rove's American Crossroads, you see, is touting Republican Thom Tillis.

How Our Declaration of Independence Can Help Set Us Free Today

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What if we put our Declaration of Independence on an equal footing with the Constitution, and give it the force of law?

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

Hobby Lobby Website Proudly Displays 'Jefferson' Quote (That Actually Came from Madison, and Completely Contradicts SCOTUS Ruling)

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

No, Hobby Lobby, that quote on your website is NOT from Thomas Jefferson! And, furthermore, the document it comes from -- which was written by James Madison -- is a list of some of the best arguments AGAINST that Supreme Court ruling that you and your fellow Christian supremacists are currently gloating about.

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.

Dick Cheney Accuses Obama Of 'Ignoring The Law'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has never been shy with his criticism for President Barack Obama, and a Monday conversation with conservative radio ...

Lynne Cheney Urges Daughter To Run Again

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has recently been promoting her book on President James Madison, but she's also been touting ...

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

Missing From Presidents Day: The People They Enslaved

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

t may be uncomfortable to give up long-held and even meaningful beliefs that in many ways build both collective and personal identities. However, erasing enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency presents a false portrait of our country's history.

Government of the Rich, by the Rich and for the Rich: It's Time for 'Militant Nonviolent Resistance'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We now live in a two-tiered system of governance. There are two sets of laws: one set for the government and its corporate allies, and another set for you and me.

Tyranny of the Minority

Terry Newell | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Watching interest group politics in America recalls what Gerald Ford said after Nixon resigned - that the time is one which "troubles our minds and hu...

It Takes a Nation to Fix a Government

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Should we merely await the next manufactured crisis, frustrated that the only thing that stands between us and national success is our government, making us feel more and more helpless or hoping it will all somehow go away?

America's Amoral Constitution

Richard Albert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Albert

Today the United States Constitution may have fewer imitators than ever before. The influence abroad of the Constitution has declined dramatically since its bicentennial in 1976.

Anarchy in Congress: John Boehner Is No James Madison

Richard Brodsky | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Worry about our national credit, the economic consequence of default and the economy, to be sure. But the long-term danger of Washington shenanigans is an erosion in the ability of our legislative branch to do what it's supposed to do.

Sex, Lust, Romance and Foreign Policy

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The impact of romance on international affairs could never have been more evident than during the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15, an episode still hailed as one of the most important diplomatic events in modern history.

Great Nations Pay Their Bills

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Today's debate may be polarized, but no one seriously expects half the nation to secede because of it. And yet, in the early days of the American experiment, that's how controversial the national debt was.

6 Lessons From the Government Shutdown

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

How did we get to this point? How we can avoid being in this position in the future? We don't yet have the perspective necessary to answer these questions fully.

Who's Got the Power? We Do?

Khalid Hanifi | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Khalid Hanifi

For years now, video games have been entertainment staples that typically extrapolate from reality, or simply disengage from reality. Only in the last decade, however, has reality begun to take cues from video games.

Legislative Looting: The Filibuster and the Founders

William D. Blake | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
William D. Blake

Designing a lasting system of democratic government required careful planning.  Thus, the debate over filibuster reform deserves more than platitudes from a middle school civics curriculum.

An Impeachment Looking for its Articles

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Republicans have already decided that President Barack Hussein Obama should be impeached -- they even claim they have the votes for it. The little det...

The Eyes Have It

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.11.2013 | Media
Doug Bradley

In some ways it's hard to believe that it's taken more than 40 years for the Ellsbergs of today - Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden to come forward. It's not like we stopped doing all the bad things we ever did or were going to do when we left Vietnam.

Not the Best President, Not the Worst President

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Generally, the following former presidents seem to have found a solid, comfortable place in a cellar that hosts the "worst U.S. presidents": James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, John Tyler, Warren G. Harding, William Harrison, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Boston Seen as Roadmap for 'Second Amendment Remedies' Crowd

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

National tragedies like the Boston bombing are moments when all segments of American society come together to emphasize the values that we hold in common. The notion that some would see this instead as an opportunity to divide us -- to foment a civil war -- is deeply disturbing.