Briefing the UK’s Election – and Why it Matters to Americans

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The 2016 election, it would seem, has been going on for years. In contrast, the British just managed to pull theirs off in a few short months. In a surprise, the Conservatives won a decisive victory – and there are good reasons for Americans to pay attention. Continue reading

The Electoral System is Broken, Time for Something Radical – Part II

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All the obvious pathways to electoral reform are dead ends – if anything meaningful is going to happen, it needs to happen in a new way. That way might be an effort to try something that hasn’t been tried since 1787: call a constitutional convention. Continue reading

The Electoral System is Broken, Time for Something Radical – Part I

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Pessimism about campaign finance reform is well-placed. It’s a problem that an overwhelming majority of Americans can see, and that politicians readily pay lip service to. But if you’re waiting for Washington to fix it, you’re going to be waiting a long time. If anything is going to get better, it’s going to take something radical. Continue reading

Time for Rand Paul’s Political Obituary

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Rand Paul just declared has candidacy for President, and is possibly the most intriguing of this year’s candidate stable. Equipped with a potent activist base and ideas that resonate with a diversity of voters, it might seem premature to declare the end of his presidential candidacy, but The Fog of Policy thinks it helps to call a spade a spade: Rand Paul will never be President. Continue reading

A Deal With Iran Gives the US the Most Options

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Last week brought President Obama what he hopes will be a definitive breakthrough in his foreign policy: a negotiated deal with Iran that would deny that country a nuclear weapon as well as the key elements necessary for building a nuclear weapon, all while avoiding yet another war in the Middle East. The stakes, it should be clear, are dire. The options, however, remain murky. Continue reading