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Checks and balances
Checks and balances news and analysis from The Nation
April 5, 2017
The Senate Should Censure Trump
It’s been done once before, against Andrew Jackson. Trump has disgraced the office of the presidency, so it’s time to do it again.
February 16, 2017
The Real Danger in Trump’s Attacks on Judges
He’s repeating the right-wing libel of “judicial overreach”—but he’s also challenging the bedrock principle of judicial supremacy on constitutional questions.
January 10, 2017
Don’t Be Fooled—Rex Tillerson Hasn’t Separated From ExxonMobil
It looks like the company has left a back door open for Tillerson’s return.
November 14, 2016
Can Cities Counter the Power of President-Elect Donald Trump?
As the federal government turns toward nationalism, local governments will become crucial beacons of pluralism.
August 5, 2016
Obama Expands the ISIS Bombing Campaign to a 4th Country, the Media Barely Notice
What began two years ago as “limited” air strikes in Iraq now includes Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya—all with little public debate.
Adam H. Johnson
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July 11, 2016
Dallas Shooter Micah Johnson Showed What the NRA’s ‘Insurgency Theory’ of Gun Rights Really Looks Like
Fighting what you view as government tyranny with an AR-15 makes you a murderer, not a Minuteman.
March 4, 2015
The Great Chastening
For Francis Fukuyama and John Dunn, our democratic crisis is the result of an intellectual failure.
November 24, 2014
Rand Paul Points to Some Real Executive Overreach: Undeclared Wars
Rand Paul and Barbara Lee are right: “The Constitution requires Congress to vote on the use of military force.”
September 11, 2014
Obama’s Plan for Military Action Requires Congressional Checks and Balances
Congress has a constitutional duty to debate and vote on Obama’s plan to expand the US role in Iraq and Syria.
August 11, 2014
Congress Needs to Assert Checks and Balances on Any New Iraq Mission
The president gets support for humanitarian efforts, but wise voices warn of mission creep.