Aside from frightening civil liberties issues, these very serious scandals are going to be dumbed down in the fight for 2016 rather than discussed and debated as they should be.
Rand Paul did the country a lot of good with his filibuster on potential drone strikes in the U.S., and President Obama's vast expansion of executive power.
Conservative media have invented stories that were accepted as gospel. These stories are completely made-up or go through a conservative spin machine to twist facts, and were never corrected.
The sequester was a self-made problem by Congress. Now this self-made problem with what was thought to be an assured solution will cut deeply into government spending, specifically the military.
Two Republicans shared the GOP spotlight during the State of the Union on Tuesday night: Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Expect this moment to be the first in a long fight for the 2016 presidency.
Obama is still pushing for strict gun control laws, including an assault weapons ban. But expect Democratic leadership to throw any assault weapons legislation out the window.
While they aren’t going to get everything they want, supporters of immigration reform should be heartened by Obama’s lean to the right on immigration.
From immigration reform to climate change, minimum wage, gun control, and the sequester, here are my biggest takeaways from Tuesday's address.
If Chuck Grassley wants to stop gun crime while protecting Second Amendment rights, he should spend his time focusing on actual causes of gun crime rather than blaming 'World of Warcraft.'
In 1900, abortion was illegal in all 45 states. By 1973, abortion was still illegal in 30 states. Here's everything you need to know about the Supreme Court decision that changed everything.
Three weeks after giving his second inauguration address, President Barack Obama is set to give his annual State of the Union. These Are the big take-aways you don't want to miss.
Some Republicans will go to great ends to make sure their objectives are met in any debt negotiations.
Democrats got away with political murder, sneaking revenue increases with no attached spending cuts past a usually vigilant Republican majority in the House.
On Monday, January 21, Obama will deliver his second inaugural address from the steps of the Capital. here are 8 things the President has to mention on his first day back.
In one stroke, the Dems will instigate the pro-gun lobby, alienate the majority of Americans who oppose re-instating the ban, and run head long into a constitutional battle.
No joke. During NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s press conference, a Colorado gunman killed four people, including several “good guys with guns.”
Rule reform may sound boring but its importance cannot be underscored enough. Filibuster reform has the potential to seriously shift the balance of power in the Senate and in Congress.
For the first time ever, the Supreme Court has said they will hear arguments in cases debating the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
On Friday, SCOTUS will determine if they will hear arguments on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutionally protected right to marry. It's high time they said "yes."
The message from the American people on election night was clear: stop the obstruction and get to work. The GOP isn't listening.
The fiscal cliff explained in the only internet medium that matters: Gifs.
The election may be over, but the political fight in Washington is just getting started. Here’s a quick primer on how we got to the "fiscal cliff"and how we’re dealing with it.
As election coverage winds down and before the news media makes the shift to 24/7 coverage of the "fiscal cliff," let's take a look at the big takeaways from last night's election results.
Follow-along live as I cover election night 2012. Live updates on swing-states, Senate races, and referendum from around the country! Come for GIFs, stay for the analysis!
With Obama all but sure to win the election, Republican reactions to statistical projections will only serve to greater polarize the country.
Tea Party candidates cost Republicans the Senate in 2010 and are poised to do it again in 2012. Will the GOP learn from their mistakes for 2014?
“Mittmentum” is waning as swing state polls and bungled campaign events combine to hurt Romney in must-win states in advance of Tuesday.
DOMA and other anti-gay marriage laws could be reversed over the next year. Determining the true impact of such a ruling is impossible to do without reviewing Court politics.
Obama and Romney meet in the third and final debate. Come read the best damn debate recap on the Internet, now with even more GIFs!
Obama and Romney meet for the final presidential debate in Florida. Complete Live Stream and live updates here.
So nice, I did it twice. Check out the second presidential debate as narrated by GIFs!
The second presidential debate saw President Obama re-emerge with a passion, going directly after Romney and effectively side-stepping the right's strongest attacks to soundly win the debate.
It's do-or-die for the Obama campaign tonight as President Obama and Mitt Romney meet for their second presidential debate. Follow me LIVE from the debate hall at Hofstra University in New York.
What better medium to tell the tale of the digital age than the lovely animated gif?
Vice President Joe Biden tore into Congressman Paul Ryan and the Romney Campaign at the Vice Presidential debate, delivering punch after punch to the GOP's next great hope.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that may spell the doom of affirmative action admissions policies in higher education.
Following Romney's surprise performance last week, the vice presidential debate will be more important than ever in the run-up to November 6. Follow the debate LIVE right here!
Mitt Romney should enjoy his success while he can, because his unbelievably bold-faced lies and half-truths are going to hammer him in the closing weeks of the election.
Romney needed to deliver and he did, taking the first debate in undisputed fashion as President Obama fumbled his responses and mumbled his delivery.
Gay marriage, voting rights and affirmative actions are just some of the issues the SCOTUS could tackle this fall effectively shaking up the race between Romney and Obama.
Follow along live for the latest updates and coverage of the presidential debate in Denver.
Romney's newest tax releases will certainly shift the conversation. The question now is whether that shift will help or hurt Romney.
In honor of the 225th Anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, here are 11 things you didn't know about what is and isn't in our Constitution.
After getting smacked on the hand for violating the First Amendment, Congress has re-drafted the Stolen Valor Act in hopes of getting it right the second time.
Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan is a pick to shore up the base, and will do nothing to win undecided voters.
Today’s vote will simply be the 31st act in the Obamacare play that is the core of the House GOP’s ongoing political theatre.
Answers to common questions about the Supreme Court's ruling in the Affordable Care Act decision.
What exactly is the Supreme Court arguing about? And will they strike down Obamacare? Here are some key must-knows as SCOTUS prepares to release their decision.
The Ninth Circuit issued a final denial for a rehearing en banc in the case concerning California’s Proposition 8 and its constitutionality, upholding its earlier ruling.
In a ruling that guarantees gay marriage’s trip to the Supreme Court, the First Circuit ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to gay couples.
From health care reform to nudity on television, the Supreme Court still has 17 cases awaiting an opinion. Here are 2012's five most important cases.
Get live updates from Wednesday's SCOTUS oral arguments.
Now that George Zimmerman has been formally charged in the death of Trayvon Marin here is some layman’s legalese to help explain the process from here on out.
The Supreme Court is poised to accept review in a case that would expand the holding of Citizens United to state election law as well as federal, much to challenger's chagrin.
As Obama positions himself should the individual mandate be struck down, he should be careful not to unfairly cast the Supreme Court as an enemy of the people.
After three days of argument, the Supreme Court must now decide the fate of Obama's health care law. Which way they go will again depend on the decisions of the Court's sole swing vote.
The Supreme Court heard the first of three days of scheduled argument on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care reform.
Live updates of the Supreme Court health care debate.
Everything you need to know about the Supreme Court's hearing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and severability.
Everything you need to know about the Supreme Court's hearing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, starting with the Tax Anti-Injunction Act and state sovereignty.
The GOP crusade attempting to strip women of insurance coverage for birth control flies in the face of decades of legal precedent concerning privacy and medical rights.
The Stolen Valor Act, a federal law that makes it a crime to falsely claim past service in the military, was struck down by the Supreme Court as a violation of the First Amendment.
Santorum’s ongoing attacks against the liberties that form the foundations of our Constitution makes clear that he hates us for our freedoms.
The Supreme Court’s decision to review the use of affirmative action in college admissions signals a potential sea-change in the legal posture the Court plans to take on the issue.
The contraception coverage debate is exposing social conservatives as anti-choice and anti-women's privacy rights and risks sinking GOP candidates come election season.
Republican obsession with former Speaker Newt Gingrich borders on the delusional as they willingly ignore his repeated failings and disastrous Speakership.
While Obama may leave much to be desired, the Republican alternatives are so far detached from reality that it is beyond reason to give them the presidency.
The Super Committee has succumbed to the same ideological differences that spawned it in the first place, failing to find any agreement on how to reduce the budget deficit.
A clear warning of the potential stalemate to come, the growing public spats between the two political parties shows that neither side seems willing to find the necessary middle ground.
With less than two weeks remaining for the Super Committee to come to an agreement on how to reduce the deficit, it is important for voters to understand how the committee plans to do it.
The increasing availability of Obama’s improved Income Based Repayment plan is certainly a step in the right direction but it focuses on symptoms rather than addressing causes.
Efforts to mobilize the evangelical base alienates the majority of Americans and unnecessarily polarizes the public on social issues.
The folks at Occupy Wall Street would do well to learn from the Tea Party’s experience and direct their frustrations at Washington, not the financial industry.
The Obama administration's efforts to crack down on the non-existent problem of lobbyist influence is counter-productive and threatens informed decision-making by officials.
The audience's aggressive reaction to Wolf Blitzer's question about health insurance at the CNN Tea Party debate is yet another unsettling snapshot of the far right's worldview.
Slash and burn political theater poisons the soul of democratic governance. A government cannot function if the only goal of the minority party is to to prevent government from functioning.
The First Circuit's rejection of laws prohibiting the recording of police officers is a huge step in the reversal of these draconian policies.
Congress’ decision to implement a fast-tracked super committee shows the need to change an institution collapsing under its own political posturing.
The media's self-imposed blackout of Ron Paul coverage following Iowa's straw poll is a damning example of media bias at work.
If Obama wants to win re-election, he needs to take to the bully pulpit and stop constantly retreating into compromise.
Norway has responded to the terrorist attacks by bolstering freedom, democracy, and openness in response to hate.
Conservatives must return to focusing on verifiable and definite metrics to make their arguments, rather than doggedly pursue economic policies that have no basis in fact.
Special interests are attempting to carry out a coup against valuable environmental regulations, and clean air and water standards.
The verdict is an example of our judicial system working to ensure that even the most demonized among us get a fair trial.
Thomas lied about $700,000 that his wife received from conservative special interest groups, so we can't trust him to make unbiased decisions.
By reversing the lower court’s decision in Dukes v. Walmart, the Supreme Court created legal cover for national discrimination under the guise of efficient business.
Recent website hacks provide a wake-up call for companies and institutions to address fundamental internet security concerns, especially as the internet grows.
American citizens' ever-growing ignorance on civics and history is nearing a tipping point that is threatening the nature of our government. Without knowledge, democratic abuses run rampant.
Preventing public debate or threatening meritless filibuster to score political points is a depraved practice that mocks the democratic principles that underlie this country’s founding.
Citizens look to police officers for safety and protection; however, there is a serious lack of liability as officers, with a sense of entitlement, abuse their powers.
The uncomfortable truths about how meat products are processed are lost to the average supermarket consumer. An Iowa law would make it even harder for those truths to ever see light.
Obama's budget cut plan should have opened up the conversation of deficit reduction. But Republicans simply dismissed it. This political gridlock will not reap success.
Thirty-nine states elect their judges. This is a destructive practice that puts justice up for for sale to the highest bidder.
President Obama’s action in Libya is merely the latest exercise of presidential war powers that were invented in the 1930s and enshrined in the 1970s.
Despite universities' attempts to keep it a secret, suicide is the third leading cause of death among college students, a startling statistic which should be made more public.
Many of today's Republican leaders seem dead set on dumbing down the political discourse and making ignorant statements for political gain.
We ask law student and Contributing Writer Mark Kogan about his constitutional philosophy, his feelings about the Tea Party, and his decision to go straight to law school after college.
Outside of an Islamic Circle of North America fundraiser in California for hunger and homelessness, anti-Muslim protesters used bigoted language similar to America's anti-Japanese rhetoric.
In the much-debated case of Snyder v. Phelps, the Supreme Court's decision to protest Phelps' free speech to protest may not be easy to digest, but is the right decision under the law.
Democratic Senators' decision to leave Wisconsin in protest over a Republican bill seeking to strip collective bargaining rights from public unions subverts the democratic process.
A federal Massachusetts judge was correct in July 2010 in declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The Justice Department's refusal to accept that decision lacks legal grounding.