People on the government’s no-fly list are denied their constitutional right to due process, because the government’s procedures to challenge inclusion on the secretive roster are “wholly ineffective,” U.S. District Judge Anna Brown declared in a case brought by thirteen American citizens and supported by the ACLU.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday July 1, 2014 10:02 am|
|By: letsgetitdone Wednesday October 16, 2013 4:25 pm|
If the President is obligated to obey the 14th amendment, then he should be doing whatever he can to use the other options to end the debt ceiling crisis. He should not be playing chicken with the Republicans over the debt ceiling and the shutdown. Both are dangerous to the economy, and there is a real risk of default in allowing the Treasury’s daily available balance to fall to the level it will be at as of October 17th.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:03 am|
The whole point of the 14th amendment was to say a group of white Southern politicians who lost shouldn’t be allowed to use whatever legislative leverage they have to cause chaos by stopping the government from paying its bills. Yet that is exactly what is now happening. Even if for some technical reason this situation is legally different, the intent is clear. This kind of situation is suppose to be unconstitutional.
|By: letsgetitdone Saturday October 5, 2013 7:52 am|
It now looks like the big media and leaders in both parties are no longer focusing on the Government Shutdown crisis, but are now moving on to the notion that the shutdown is melding with the upcoming probable breaching of the debt limit to create a combined mother of all fiscal crises. Along with this, the media and many politicians, encouraged by the President’s standing “strong, strong, strong,” are now directing attention away from whether ObamaCare will be delayed or compromised, to other types of ransom the Administration might pay in return for both re-opening the Government and also providing an increase of an undetermined amount in the debt limit.
|By: letsgetitdone Thursday August 29, 2013 7:00 pm|
As we approach the time when the debt limit, and the lack of agreement between the two parties in Congress, will force the Government to miss payments, Congress does have an obligation to raise the debt limit or remove it entirely. But, Treasury Secretary Lew and the President need to acknowledge that there are things they can do too to avoid a default on the public debt, apart from either reminding Congresspeople of their responsibility, or giving into Republican demands.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 12, 2013 1:05 pm|
The tone of Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech on drug policy reform was great. Holder’s remarks offered a sharp criticism of many current policies using remarkably strong language. Holder called the status quo “unjust and unsustainable.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 9, 2013 2:05 pm|
Ultimately it is the Supreme Court that decides the legality of unilateral ways to avoid the debt limit, be it with a platinum coin, invoking the 14th Amendment or moral obligation coupons. But the only way the Supreme Court could end up ruling on one of these actions is if President Obama actually uses one to avoid the looming crisis, then someone with standing sued him, and the Court decided to take the case.
|By: Jon Walker Friday January 4, 2013 12:51 pm|
The next big looming fight in Congress is clear and the battle lines have already been drawn. The debt ceiling will be reached in roughly two months. President Obama claims that he will not negotiate over it again. Meanwhile Republicans are demanding spending cuts with no tax increases in exchange for raising the debt limit. Republicans threaten they will allow the country to default unless Obama gives them what they want.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 13, 2012 7:31 am|
Fiscal slope talks have basically stalled out, but leader in the conservative movement Jim DeMint cried uncle this morning, affirming that the President will get higher taxes, though he exaggerated it to mean higher taxes on everyone, not just on those earning over $250,000.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 7, 2012 9:32 am|
The high-stakes battle over the fiscal slope has detoured into a high-stakes battle over the government’s debt limit. Seeing little hope of forestalling rises top-level tax rates, Republicans have discussed a plan to relent on that and then move directly to a debt limit showdown, where they have the advantage because of the need to have Congress act affirmatively to hike that borrowing capacity.
The President has gathered business leaders to press the case that the debt limit must be extended, and he has said he will simply not negotiate over it. However, the White House did give up significant leverage on this question yesterday, with spokesman Jay Carney saying that the President will not use the 14th Amendment’s language about how the validity of the public debt “shall not be questioned” to essentially supersede the debt limit. Carney said the President does not believe he has the power under the 14th Amendment to ignore the debt limit.