Since the nation's founders first drafted the Constitution, America has never held a constitutional convention. But some are saying the time has come. In recent years, politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for a wide variety of amendments. For instance, some progressive thinkers want an amendment to overturn Citizens United while others want an amendment to force a balanced national budget. A convention would allow debate on this array of potential amendments all at once.
For many, President Obama's foreign policy will be defined by its accomplishments: killing Osama bin Laden, disengaging from unwinnable fights in the Middle East, defusing the threat of a nuclear Iran, and refocusing our attention and resources to Asia. But for others, it has been marked by what they see as missteps and retreat: pulling back where action and leadership was needed and presiding over policies that strengthened our adversaries and disheartened our friends. As his time in office comes to a close, has Obama's foreign policy succeeded?
The practice of gerrymandering--dividing election districts in ways that favor a particular group--has been around since our nation's founding. But does it make districts "safe" for one party or the other, in turn, pulling Democrats and Republicans to extremes, or has its impact been overblown? It's been in the spotlight recently with the Supreme Court putting two gerrymandering cases on its docket this term, and news that President Obama will take up redistricting reform as a post-presidency priority. And on Monday, November 14th, Intelligence Squared U.S.
In this election, no single issue has been more divisive than immigration. Donald Trump has at times called for deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants, while Hillary Clinton supports giving some the opportunity to become citizens. But beneath the heated campaign rhetoric, the question of whether to create a path to citizenship is complex and nuanced. Do undocumented immigrants contribute to the economy and complement our workforce, or do they burden taxpayers and create competition for jobs?
On average, drug price increases are 6 times the rate of inflation and just in the past month, the makers of the EpiPen have come under heavy criticism for a recent hefty price increase. But how much is the pharmaceutical industry really to blame? Is the industry fleecing American consumers, or are steep drug prices a necessary by-product of an expensive research and approval process that yields life saving prescription drug interventions? On Thursday, October 13, America's premiere debate series Intelligence Squared U.S.
This election cycle has seen large swaths of the electorate reject political and media establishment wisdom by backing the campaigns of outsider candidates--the most surprising result being the candidacy of Donald Trump. How did a businessman turned reality TV personality, with no political experience, capture the Republican ticket? Could it be the fault of the "elites" for pursuing policies that have failed to help the struggling working class? Or is this rise in populism the result of misplaced anger and extreme political polarization?
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued a stay blocking the implementation of the Obama administration's much-debated "Clean Power Plan" (CPP). Widely considered a hallmark of President Obama's environmental legacy, the CPP was challenged by 29 states and leading business organizations who argue the risks of reducing carbon emissions - higher energy costs, slower economic growth, reduced employment, and lower business profits - are not worth the rewards. Does climate change require the actions outlined by the CPP, or is the EPA reaching too far?