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Checks and balances
Checks and balances news and analysis from The Nation
September 12, 2017
Kenya’s Rescheduled Elections Are a Triumph of Constitutionalism—but How Much Has Really Changed?
The country is now a tinderbox, in which supporters of the rival factions believe they can lose only if the other side rigs the results.
July 20, 2017
Paul Ryan Hands Donald Trump a Blank Check for Endless War
The Speaker and his allies block Barbara Lee’s drive to check presidential war making.
May 8, 2017
Congress Is Drawing a ‘Red Line’ Over Trump’s Support for the Saudi War on Yemen
Millions are threatened by famine, as Riyadh prepares an assault on the country’s key port.
May 2, 2017
Meet Bob Ferguson, the Washington State Attorney General Who Shut Down Trump’s Muslim Ban
Now a toast of the progressive community, Ferguson views the law as a profoundly moral enterprise.
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.
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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.
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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.