Haley Sweetland Edwards

The Volker Rule and Making Washington Work

Three and a half years after the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill passed in the summer of 2010, the long-awaited Volcker Rule, restricting banks’ ability to gamble with taxpayer-insured money, has finally been released. And miracle of miracles, it’s actually not that bad. Sure, the Rule is not as strong as it could have been. And,… Read more »

US Facing a Critical Shortage of Elder Statesmen

Senator Frank Church holds up a CIA dart gun during the Church Committee hearings When the government messes up, the first action taken by Congress or the White House is often to assemble an investigation or a blue ribbon commission to suss out what went wrong and how, and who, exactly, is to blame. The… Read more »

On The Decline of Bipartisan Support For Civil Rights

This afternoon, the president will give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial commemorating the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered from that same spot fifty years ago today. Two days ago, on Monday morning, eleven leaders of the modern civil rights movement gathered at the Newseum in an event… Read more »