What Are Midterm Elections, And Why Are They Important?

By Mark Trainer U.S. presidential elections are big news worldwide every four years. But what happens in the midterm elections — so called because they come nearly two years into a president’s term — can have just as big an impact
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Here’s President Trump’s First Address to Congress

By ShareAmerica President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of (more...)

Congress Says, “War Powers? What War Powers?”

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants. “The silence of Congress in the midst of this war is cowardly and shameful,” he said. (more...)

Money and Politics: We Need Change Now!

By Lee H. Hamilton I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to (more...)

In Wake of Midterm Elections, U.S. Leaders Seek Path Forward

Following Republican Party gains in the November 4 midterm elections, President Obama hosted congressional leaders at a White House luncheon November 7. House Speaker John Boehner (on left above), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (at right) attended, as did Vice President Biden, House Minority Leader (more...)

The Lesson Congress Should Learn from the VA Scandal

By Lee H. Hamilton Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get introduced, debated, then put (more...)

There’s an Alternative to the Imperial Presidency

By Lee H. Hamilton In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a dozen actions (more...)

Kerry at Dedication of Winston Churchill Bust in U.S. Capitol

Remarks Secretary of State John Kerry At the Dedication of a Bust of Winston Churchill Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Leader McConnell, distinguished guests all, thank you to the leadership of the Congress for making this possible and bringing us all together today to celebrate our (more...)

U.S. Constitution Determines How Government Works, or Doesn’t

By Bridget Hunter Staff Writer On October 1, the beginning of the U.S. fiscal year, lack of congressional funding shut down much of the federal government as Americans argued about who was to blame for the impasse. The conversations tend to focus on names like Obama, Reid and Boehner, but (more...)

Bob Woodward: “The Struggle Between President Obama And The US Congress”

Journalist Bob Woodward, the star of the Watergate scandal, " lets America know that this sequestration crisis is simply a product of Barack Obama making marionettes out of all of us — Congress, the press, the people", according to Atlantic Wire. In the book “The Price of Politics”, (more...)

Philadelphia About Supreme Court Decision In Arizona v. United States

Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United States: “Today's Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. United States provides yet another reason why Congress should quickly pass comprehensive immigration reform. It demonstrates that we cannot fix our broken immigration system on (more...)

Hot Debate, Hard Compromises Marked U.S. Constitutional Process

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Against a backdrop of geographic and political factionalism, unpaid troops and a weak economy only beginning to recover from years of war, devising a new form of government is a considerable challenge. That was the situation facing the United States in 1787, four years after achieving (more...)

Congress is Scared by SOPA Protesters

Now that Congress has had time to process last week's internet blackout, a consensus has emerged: SOPA and PIPA are toxic for politicians, and going anywhere near them could cost them their re-election. Freedom is winning. Together, we've done something amazing-- never have so many people stood up to defend a free (more...)

Who Can Serve in Washington?

There is a saying in America that anyone can grow up to be president. That is not exactly true. The U.S. Constitution sets qualifications for high federal offices, but those requirements can be met by the vast majority of the nation’s citizens. THE PRESIDENT Article II, Section 1 of (more...)

Obama Urges Congress to Raise Debt Limit, Find “Paths Forward”

Obama Urges Congress to Raise Debt Limit

By Bridget Hunter Staff Writer Citing the principles of open debate and fair compromise on which the nation was founded, President Obama briefed the American people on the need to increase the current U.S. debt limit and called for Congress to act quickly. Weeks of negotiations between the White House (more...)


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