My proposal for an American public internet

This is more than a bit off topic, but I was just reading this Washington Post op-ed by Erik Martin, a former policy advisor for President Obama’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. He calls for a “fresh infusion of public media” onto the internet, paid for at least in part by federal and state … Read more

On presidential emergency powers, Congress is AWOL as usual

The sweeping nature of presidential emergency powers – some of which are so classified we don’t even know what they are – is the direct result of Congress’s inability and unwillingness to fulfill its constitutional role as a check and balance on the executive branch. The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University put out … Read more

Can a president keep official actions secret even from his own staff?

Donald Trump’s unprecedented and deeply suspicious decision to hide the details of his face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from his own people presents an interesting thought exercise about the limits of the modern U.S. presidency. Is he under any obligation, as the leader of the executive branch, to at least inform some … Read more