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Checks and balances
Checks and balances news and analysis from The Nation
August 11, 2020
Trump Ramps Up His Assault on Democracy
His executive orders and manipulations of the Census Bureau and Postal Service disregard constitutional limits on presidential power.
May 1, 2020
Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead
They’re promoting policies that could push not only the economy but the US system of government to the breaking point.
February 14, 2020
Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
Freed from all accountability by the Senate, the realtor’s inner autocrat is on full display.
October 12, 2019
Here’s an Idea: Don’t Pay Them
Congressional Progressive Caucus cochair Mark Pocan has a great idea: If Trump appointees block congressional testimony, block their paychecks.
May 13, 2019
Rashida Tlaib Recognizes Trump Must Be Held to Account by Beginning the Impeachment Process
The Michigan representative just accepted petitions signed by 10 million Americans who say it is time to act.
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February 15, 2019
Yes, We Can Stop Trump’s Fake National Emergency
Three ways to stop the scam to steal the money to build the wall.
January 8, 2019
Trump Absolutely Failed to Make a Case That His Border ‘Crisis’ Is a National Emergency
The president’s speech was a mangled mess of lies and fearmongering that further discredited his shutdown gambit.
October 19, 2018
President Body Slam Needs to Be Checked and Balanced
America needs a Congress that will challenge this president when he attacks freedom of the press, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.
September 7, 2018
Actually, Invoking the 25th Amendment Makes a Lot of Sense
Trump’s anonymous lieutenant was wrong to reject a constitutional remedy for an erratic and amoral presidency.
July 19, 2018
The Attack on Democracy in Poland and the Response of the Left
While liberals call for restoration of basic democracy, the left fears this will only revive the neoliberalism partly responsible for driving people to the right.