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April 10, 2013 12:04 PM Are Filibusters of Executive Branch Nominees Constitutional?

President Obama’s announcement making three nominations to the National Labor Relations Board should remind us that the GOP is the party of permanent constitutional crisis. It has been quite clear from the beginning of the Obama Administration that the Republicans...

By Jonathan Zasloff

April 08, 2013 10:34 AM Should We Rewrite the Second Amendment?

Political scientist (and my co-author and friend) Zachary Elkins says yes in this New York Times op-ed: This constitutional uncertainty should suggest to both sides the possibility of agreeing on a formal clarification of the constitutional text. Zealots will scoff,...

By John Sides

January 09, 2013 4:42 PM Debt Limit Options

I thought I had written about the platinum coin last time around, but if I did, I can't find it. But basically, I think we all covered this last time around... At some point, Barack Obama will, if Congress does...

By Jonathan Bernstein

January 09, 2013 11:01 AM If not the Coin, then what?

Though I somewhat playfully supported the Platinum Coin fix* to the debt-ceiling problem during the last crisis – as the perfect non-solution to a complete non-problem – I’m sympathetic to Kevin Drum’s impatience with the idea. The Coin may be...

By Mark Kleiman

December 19, 2012 10:58 AM Slippery Slopes, the Second Amendment, and Political Compromises on Gun Control

Last Saturday, I questioned skeptics who claim that the 2nd amendment and its interpretation by the Supreme Court prohibits meaningful regulation of gun sales and manufacturing. Indeed, I argued that Heller and other rulings may well make certain forms of...

By Erik Voeten