Erik Seymour

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Republican Congressman Clarifies That the Constitution Is Different Under Trump

Glad we cleared that up.<p>In case you're wondering why no Republican has stood up to be counted, you should know that installing a vulgar talking yam in the White House has changed the job description of Being A Congressman. Isn't that right, Barry Loudermilk?<p>Luckily, the House veterans are there to …

I asked 7 experts if the Comey firing is a constitutional crisis. Here’s what they said.

In early February — after courts began acting to block President Donald Trump’s travel ban on certain Muslim countries and customs officials on the grounds were slow to obey — I asked eight constitutional law experts whether or not the US was in a constitutional crisis.<p>Unanimously, they said we …

Stacy Washington: Hysteria over gun ownership has devolved into NRA Derangement Syndrome

There is no better place on earth to be a gun owner than the United States. Let me explain that bit of patriotic fervor; I’m an Air Force veteran and fourth generation military veteran, married to… you guessed it, a veteran. Being pretty open about what is important is a crucial part of being in …

Guns will be allowed at psychiatric hospitals — unless Kansas comes up with millions to stop it

Officials in Kansas are scrambling to keep weapons out of state hospitals — including psychiatric facilities — four years after passing a law to allow them.<p>A 2013 bill expanded gun laws in Kansas by allowing concealed firearms in state and municipal buildings, while also giving a four-year …

If Liberals Hate Him, Then Trump Must Be Doing Something Right

If there was one principle that used to unite conservatives, it was respect for the rule of law. Not long ago, conservatives would have been horrified at wholesale violations of the norms and traditions of our political system, and would have been appalled by a president who showed overt contempt …

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Trump Should Be Wary of Putin’s Syria Plan

WASHINGTON — There is no more hopeful way of describing President Trump’s foreign policy than to say it is slowly becoming “normal.” We are told that sensible and experienced advisers have growing influence and that disruption for its own sake is no longer prized. I’m hopeful too, but a lot of …

Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says

“The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence."<p>Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.<p>But there is …

Trump threatens to cancel all press briefings in ‘fake media’ tweet tirade

An angry President Trump on Friday lashed out on Twitter at the “fake media” and threatened to cancel daily press briefings — a move that the head of …

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The one little number that — so far — is all the protection Donald Trump needs

Scenes from the Republican’s beginning months in the White House.<p>Scenes from the Republican’s beginning months in the White House.<p>Donald Trump’s unorthodox candidacy blossomed into an unorthodox presidency. In the White House, Trump carries with him all of the complex, tricky and fraught behaviors …

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Donald Trump just threw his entire White House staff under the bus

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> That thud you heard was Donald Trump driving the bus over his White House staff.<p>In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt Thursday night, the President directly contradicted the reasoning his staff -- as well as Vice President Mike Pence -- had laid out for his decision to fire FBI …

Cadillac Ad Tries to Bridge Nation’s Chasm, Without Falling In

Can a luxury auto ad help bridge the deep political chasm in America — and, while it’s at it, sell cars?<p>General Motors’ Cadillac division is about to find out.<p>On Sunday, its new advertising campaign will make its debut during the Oscars broadcast on ABC, which is, after the Super Bowl, the biggest …

A Look Back Sheds Light on Redistricting

• <b>2011 Civitas article illuminates the history of redistricting arguments</b>• <b><br>In the past, Democrats admitted drawing voting maps for political purposes</b>• <b><br>A</b> …

Senate GOP’s agenda is at a moment of reckoning with unpredictable Trump

Senate Republicans are suddenly grappling with a demanding agenda riddled with political peril, as they prepare to try to confirm a new FBI director and reshape the nation’s health-care system — two challenges that have landed before them in rapid succession.<p>President Trump’s abrupt firing of James …

GOP senators won't buck Trump on Comey firing

Though some Republicans have been critical of the president, all but a few resist calls for a special prosecutor or select committee.<p>Democrats who thought the sudden dismissal of FBI Director James Comey would finally jolt Republicans to back a special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling in …

Donald Trump threatened James Comey via Twitter. This is not a test.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Just 72 hours after his shocking decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn Comey not to share the contents of their private conversations.<p>"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts …

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Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment

As the White House descended into turmoil over the firing of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Democrats sharply escalated their rhetoric over President Donald Trump's impeachment and even imprisonment.<p>In late-night tweets Thursday, several Democrats strongly suggested they believe Trump …

SC judgment denying HIV positive rape survivor right to terminate pregnancy overlooks her reproductive autonomy

New Mexico Supreme Court won't restore funds to Legislature

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to override budget vetoes, leaving negotiations about how to solve the state's budget crisis — and restore funding to the Legislature — in the hands of the governor and lawmakers.<p>In a two-page order, the court said it was too soon to …

Warren Buffett Says India Has 'Incredible' Potential But Too Much Red Tape

Warren Buffett has praised the “incredible” potential in India but he’s still not ready to invest there due to excessive red tape.<p>The Berkshire …

How will civil servants implement Brexit? Not by being barked at

When the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg accused Theresa May of treating European leaders in Brexit negotiations as though they were Home Office civil servants at whom she could “bark instructions”, he touched a raw nerve in Whitehall.<p>Many senior civil servants and former Whitehall …

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Vice President Pence to persecuted Christians: 'We stand with you'

Washington D.C., May 11, 2017 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday pledged his prayers and support for persecuted …

Transgender rights bill threatens 'female-born' women's spaces, activists say

Two feminists are warning the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee that passing the federal transgender rights bill could threaten the …

40 percent of black Americans distrust the criminal justice system: Why I’m one of them

For most people in society, their interactions with the police range from nonexistent to fairly neutral: that time the sheriff found you and your friends in the woods messing around and sent you home without notifying your parents.<p>That time when the police came over and helped you get your cat out …

Conflicts on top of conflicts: Another “emoluments clause” that should bar Donald Trump from office

If Congress ever wants to impeach Trump, which violation will it pick first? Another constitutional problem emerges<p>I would guess that most Americans had never heard of the "foreign emoluments clause" of Article I of the United States Constitution until the last month. We've certainly heard a lot …

Dusting Off the Constitution's Obscure Clauses

Get out your magnifying glass. This is the time to explore neglected nooks like the emoluments clause.<p>This became the year of the obscure, unlitigated constitutional clause. The First and 14th Amendments usually hog all the glory, and each did get a few big moments over the last year. But much more …

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We’re about to see states’ rights used defensively against Trump

Progressives have long been skeptical of federalism, with the role that “states’ rights” played in the resistance to the civil rights act and desegregation typically featuring prominently in their criticism. Its ugly history even led one 20th-century scholar to insist that “if one disapproves of …

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

There's a proven way to get more people to vote, but the US won't do it

For such an advanced democracy, many Americans just don't vote. In recent elections, turnout has ranged from about 50% to 60% of the voting-age population.<p>But there's a simple change that the US could make to boost turnout dramatically, something that has worked in at least 26 other democracies.<p>We …

On Election Day, the history of fascism matters

In the run-up to the American election, there’s been a lot said about the dangers of demagoguery and nativist politics. Analysts and historians have trotted out various parallels, likening the campaign’s most surprising — and, to some, alarming — candidate, Republican nominee Donald Trump, to …

More Than A Month Since Election Day, Trump, Clinton Teams Can't Let It Go

To glance at some of the political news this week, you'd think it was October.<p>Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta did <i>Meet the Press</i> over the weekend to talk about Russia hacking the DNC's emails.<p>Hillary Clinton aide Brian Fallon took to Twitter on Tuesday to question the FBI's investigation into …