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Posts tagged with ‘Congress’

  • Presidential powers are widely misunderstood

    By David Adler on September 10, 2014
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    The humanitarian crisis that began brewing last week in Iraq, with the news that the lives of some 40,000 religious minorities were gravely threatened by the self-pronounced Islamic State, generated calls from politicians and members of the media for a quick, resolute military response from President Barack Obama. The demands were predictable. Whenever challenges arise, Americans of every stripe and […]
  • Emails, Texting, Polarization

    By John Guy on June 23, 2014
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    A decision-making experience by a local trade association board has caused me to wonder whether electronic written communication is contributing to polarization and related phenomenon such as a decline in creative governing. Until a magical turning point, probably twenty years ago, members of governing boards and legislatures communicated with each other by telephone. In most cases, these conversations were cordial, […]
  • Is Money Speech?

    By David Schultz on June 3, 2014
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    If — or when — the Roberts Court in the next couple of years strikes down the last remaining Watergate-era campaign finance laws, the question will shift to: Who is to blame? It will be easy for liberals to say it was the conservatives, especially those on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Republicans or even the Koch brothers. But the […]
  • Common Sense Leadership

    By Linda Diakite Karressy on January 10, 2014
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    The latest headlines regarding politicians have been: Rep. Trey Radel of Florida pleads guilty to cocaine charge or US Congress’s approval rating is at its lowest.  There’s not much good news regarding those in office lately. However Aja Brown and Karen Freeman-Wilson are two shining lights in politics.  Both are African American women who grew up their respective cities.  Aja […]
  • Constitutional Rights and Wrongs – Part I

    By Donald E. Knebel on October 29, 2013
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                People often support their political claims by referring to the United States Constitution. Some of the claims suggest their makers either have not read the Constitution or have not read it very carefully.  You can test your own knowledge of what the Constitution actually says by taking this True/False test.  The questions become harder toward the end, where you […]
  • A Catastrophic Civic Effect

    By admin on October 24, 2013
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    I am extremely disappointed with the many glitches in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Obamacare. I support the new Health Care Law though. As someone who is 28 years old and has already spent many months without insurance or with catastrophic insurance (that covers shockingly few catastrophic things), I am grateful that there is a well-intended policy attempt to […]
  • So what is that Debt Ceiling thing, anyway?

    By admin on October 16, 2013
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    I thought this video from the Washington Post is a nice explanation of what the fuss is about in Washington, DC. If you don’t trust WaPo or anyone with a horse in this race (I can’t blame you), also go and check out factcheck.org for the latest fact checking from the politicians trying to frame the issue in their favor. […]
  • Safe Districts Facilitate Congressional Stalemate

    By Julia Vaughn on October 9, 2013
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    For those of us of a certain age, the current government shutdown is reminiscent of the 1995-1996 game of chicken between Democrat President Bill Clinton and Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.  While that drama was resolved fairly quickly when it became clear the public had no patience for political gamesmanship taking the government hostage, thanks to gerrymandering we probably won’t see […]
  • Strikingly Unconstitutional

    By Donald E. Knebel on September 16, 2013
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    Whenever the United States Supreme Court decides that a law enacted by Congress is unconstitutional, supporters of the law rail against “unelected judges” exercising a power not found in the Constitution.  The reaction to the recent decision involving the “Defense of Marriage Act” is typical, showing that most citizens don’t understand why or how judges can, in the popular phrase, […]