Cafe : Opinion
It’s Time For Congress To Lead By Example. It’s Time For Remote Voting.
We are writing as former Hill staffers. We know what happens on the floor is important. And yet, we believe the time has come for remote voting. In this time of pandemic, Congress should temporarily change the rules to allow for remote voting.
Roadblocks? Mandatory Quarantine? In Times Of Crisis, How Much Power Do Governors Have?
As Trump feuds with governors over reopening, a look back at the power states reserve.
Leaders Must Learn The Lessons Of COVID In Time To Fight Climate Change
We still have an opportunity to listen to experts and take strong action on climate change before the worst overwhelms our best intentions.
COVID Has Forced A Drop In Pollution. How Can Cities Maintain Climate Advances When This Is Over?
While the Trump administration has used the pandemic’s tumultuous months to roll back vehicle emissions standards, mercury limits and enforcement of existing environmental laws, cities have stepped in to advance policies that put the needs of residents first
Our Constitution Is No Longer Working For Us
Reflection, choice, and constitutional improvement.
Racial Inequality Helped Fuel This Crisis. Fixing It Will Help Get Us Out.
The rapid unemployment we’re seeing now gives us a glimpse at the extent to which work has become precarious in the United States, especially for low-income people and communities of color.
The Media Can Play A Crucial Role In Preserving Democracy Amid COVID. Here’s How.
To ensure the legitimacy of this year’s elections, the media should offer regular, timely instructions about how to vote during this national emergency. And they should start right away, every day and in every publication.
What History Has Taught Us: When A Crisis Passes, Emergency Measures Often Stay Intact
Without strict oversight, emergency powers put our democratic institutions at risk.
What Will Feds Do About Corporate Bailout Bill Corruption? Look To Walmart’s Opioid Case
If and when we learn that bailed-out companies and multi-trillion dollar slush funds misuse the public disaster relief dollars doled out by the Trump administration in the wake of the pandemic, we should turn back to this Walmart story for further evidence of why big corporations are rarely held accountable.
Activists Have Been Trying To Change The Electoral College For More Than 200 Years
But so far, they haven’t met with any success. Will it be different this time?
How To Fight A Politicized Supreme Court The American Way
When the Court is far enough out of step, the elected branches can use a range of constitutional hardball tactics to induce the Court to change direction.
We Need A Constitutional Amendment That Guarantees The Right To Vote
That amendment must also have a punishment for states that keep up their voter suppression schemes.
For More Than A Century, Americans Fine-Tuned The Rules Of Democracy. Why Have We Stopped?
We forget that periodically throughout history, the U.S. has embraced dramatic reforms to how power works when it became clear the system wasn't working.
Trump Admin DPA Use Should Be More Systematic Than Ad Hoc Reachouts To Underwear Firms
The administration needs to rapidly assemble an interagency team outside of the White House with the right experience, drawing on HHS for its health expertise, FEMA and the Department of Defense for their contracting expertise in exigencies, and other relevant departments and agencies.
Instead Of Bailing Out Corporations, Why Not Cancel Student Debt?
The $2 trillion bailout is a monstrous example of corporate welfare.
Billionaires Are An Existential Threat to Democracy
Billionaire candidates have become a feature of this year’s Democratic presidential contest. But should they exist at all?
The Green New Deal Is Not The Least Bit Radical
Framing the Green New Deal as a radical scheme to remake the U.S. economy is becoming ridiculous.
The Democratic Party Talks About Race By Not Talking About Race
All of the candidates should be held accountable and all need to be asked meaningful questions regarding the individuals of color they have (or have not) represented or have supervised.
There’s No Resurgence In American Manufacturing. It’s A Myth.
Trump is touting a “blue-collar” boom. But U.S. manufacturing is in a recession.