February 1, 2013 |
Elizabeth F. Cohen, the author of "Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics," is an associate professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Who deserves to be a U.S. citizen? It's a question President Obama and Congress are trying to answer. But it's also one we've been grappling with since our country's earliest days. The founders had a clear answer: People who immigrated and spent years building lives in this country deserved citizenship.
March 13, 2013 |
John Podesta is chairman of the Center for American Progress and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University. He served as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff from 1998 to 2001. From Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, we learned that the Obama administration is "struggling" with how to provide more information on its so-called targeted killing program; that senior officials have "talked about a greater need for transparency" about the program;...
April 30, 2013 |
President Obama said Tuesday that he will revive his push to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a first-term campaign promise that a Democratic-led Congress rejected as impractical and potentially unsafe. With a majority of Guantanamo's 166 detainees on a mass hunger strike , Obama said at a White House news conference that the existence of the facility damages the country's image abroad, costs too much money and undermines U.S. counterterrorism efforts by serving as a...
August 13, 2011 |
Well, isn't that nice. The American economy suddenly looks like it's reached the end of its string, in the words of The Post's Steven Pearlstein, and Congress is on vacation for four more weeks. As Pearlstein notes in his column, there are limits to what Congress can do: Despite all the blame pointed toward Washington for not repairing the economy, it's traditionally the markets that do most of the fixing. But there is plenty Congress could do — and should do quickly — if it showed up...
April 26, 2013 |
Sequestration became a reality to the broad public in airports across the country this week, and on Friday both Congress and the White House caved in to pressure from tens of thousands of airline passengers angered by flight delays. The lawmakers and the Obama administration, creators of the across-the-board funding cuts, found a path around their own creation, approving legislation to end the daily furloughs of 1,500 air traffic controllers that caused long delays at several major airports.
May 9, 2013 |
MANOR, Tex. — President Obama swooped into the booming Austin area on Thursday to showcase manufacturing growth and technology innovation as he began a series of visits across the country designed to pressure Congress to pass his economic agenda. Making stops in and around the Texas capital, Obama called anew on lawmakers to act on ideas he laid out in February's State of the Union address to expand the middle class by investing in new jobs and job training. The divided...