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VIDEO: The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion: Crash Course US History #18

In which John Green teaches you about the election of 1860. As you may remember from last week, things were not great at this time in US history. The tensions between the North and South were rising, ultimately due to the single issue of slavery. The North wanted to abolish slavery, and the South wantedContinue reading “VIDEO: The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion: Crash Course US History #18”

Inside Steve Bannon’s ‘disturbing’ quest to radically rewrite the US constitution

By taking over state legislatures, Republicans hope to pass conservative amendments that cannot be electorally challenged Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist in the Trump White House who is at the forefront of the Republican march toward hard-right populism, is throwing his weight behind a movement to radically rewrite the US constitution. Bannon has devotedContinue reading “Inside Steve Bannon’s ‘disturbing’ quest to radically rewrite the US constitution”

Oral Argument in Moore v. Harper and the Perils of Finding “Compromise” on the Independent State Legislature Theory

The Supreme Court’s cert grant last June in Moore v. Harper was an ominous note on which to end an explosive term. The grant seemed to broadcast an openness to embracing what’s known as the “independent state legislature theory,” or ISLT. It is a once-fringe idea that the U.S. Constitution, and in particular Article I’s “elections clause,” grants toContinue reading “Oral Argument in Moore v. Harper and the Perils of Finding “Compromise” on the Independent State Legislature Theory”

VIDEO: Let’s talk about the Electoral Count Act of 1887 being clarified – Beau of the Fifth Column

How the Supreme Court Plans to Undermine Future Elections

The clock is ticking for the anti-democracy “independent state legislature” takeover. Democratic politicians, along with independents and Republicans who likewise revere democracy, are justifiably savoring 2022 midterm voters’ historic affirmation of the core principle of government by representatives elected by popular majorities. But these pro-democracy leaders must now pivot to confront an as yet unacknowledgedContinue reading “How the Supreme Court Plans to Undermine Future Elections”

Kazakhstan president proposes reforms to limit his powers

Tokayev seeks to switch his country from ‘superpresidential’ rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has proposed constitutional reforms to limit the powers of his office, saying the country needed to switch from “superpresidential” rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. Tokayev was elected president in 2019 with theContinue reading “Kazakhstan president proposes reforms to limit his powers”

Let’s talk about a unique proposal going after oligarchs – Beau of the Fifth Column

Italy makes constitution greener, environmentalists call for action

Italian politicians and activists praised a new law building protection of the environment into the constitution, but said action needed to be taken to ensure that the country benefited. Italy is famed for its natural beauty but environmentalists say it does too little to protect jewels such as the Venice Lagoon or thousands of kilometresContinue reading “Italy makes constitution greener, environmentalists call for action”

Let’s talk about Trump going all in this weekend – Beau of the Fifth Column

Let’s talk about identifying with the bad guy a little more – Beau of the Fifth Column