Apr 30

What Ever Happened to Compromise?

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago.


UPDATE: Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson discussed compromise and Congressional gridlock with Andrea Mitchell at the National Constitution Center on May 2. Listen to the full podcast: Is compromise a dirty word? Speaker John Boehner spoke for many politicians running for office when he declared “I reject the word.” In the past, political leaders in… [Continue Reading]

Apr 25

Taking advice from the master

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago.


In a continuing series of posts, David Thornburgh explores the tools and techniques public leaders use to get things done and move more than just a slim majority of a decision-making body to a conclusion. A few weeks ago, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published a blow-by-blow account of President Barack Obama and House… [Continue Reading]

Feb 14

Constitution Check: Does mandated birth control insurance violate religious freedom?

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago.


President Obama and his aides are continuing to struggle over ways to avoid violations of religious doctrine (mainly, Roman Catholic dogma) as they move to implement a provision in the new federal health care law requiring health insurance coverage of birth control for employees.

Jan 10

Constitution Check: Can the Senate block the President’s appointment powers?

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.


The dispute between the former government legal officials and the President’s spokesman – a dispute that has now widened well beyond those combatants – is one of those constitutional controversies that remain truly unsettled even 225 years after the founding document was written.

Nov 21

To have and to hold; to enforce, but not defend … the partisan clash over the Defense of Marriage Act

Posted 2 years, 4 months ago.


DOMA stands a good chance of stirring the 2012 presidential election campaign.