Opinion

Can Obama build growth by building trade?

Can Obama build growth by building trade?

The Obama administration has quietly embraced the most ambitious agenda on trade and investment liberalization in the past two decades. The United States is currently juggling no fewer than five high-level trade negotiations: free trade talks with the European Union; the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks with a dozen Asia-Pacific countries; a new Information Technology Agreement […]

A road paved with sand

A road paved with sand

Bills have been introduced into both the House and the Senate to dismantle the federal government’s role in interstate highways and leave that massive responsibility to individual states. Tea Party adherents and other conservatives are applauding this effort. The Interstate Highway System, they argue, was largely completed in the 1980s and local communities should provide […]

Trying to live in a politically-segregated America

Trying to live in a politically-segregated America

Can states’ rights work for liberals? It has always been a conservative cause. Conservatives use states’ rights to resist federal policies that protect civil rights, voting rights and abortion rights. Today, however, federal action is often blocked. So progressive states are passing laws that bypass gridlocked Washington and advance the liberal agenda on their own. […]

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

A month ago, in the aftermath of the government shutdown debacle, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rode high in the polls and the Republicans looked like a party sinking into its own morass of political mistakes. That, as the often-used stereotype goes, was then and this is now. Just 30 days later, Obama […]

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ended the filibuster for district and appeals court nominees and executive branch appointments, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster goes away for Supreme Court nominations and legislation as well. Reid’s decision has been a long time coming: One of his predecessors, Republican Bill Frist, […]

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