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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

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May 24, 2019  ·  David Bahr
Kia Rahnama, “What Congress cans do when Trump appointees defy it,” The Atlantic: “The legal framework governing situations such as this is seldom used and little known…Although the Constitution… Read More

The liberal Democratic origins of the conservative House Freedom Caucus

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May 22, 2019  ·  Emily Baer-Bositis
Perhaps no group better epitomizes what James Madison described as the “mischiefs of faction” in the 21st century than the House Freedom Caucus (HFC). Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens,… Read More

Honest messengers: How symbolic messaging votes in Congress match vote choices on “real” votes

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May 20, 2019  ·  Thomas Gray, Jeffery Jenkins
Members of Congress take many votes on policies that have no hope of becoming law. Often called “messaging votes” or “position taking votes,” they allow members the chance to reveal… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

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May 17, 2019  ·  David Bahr
James Wallner, “Congress Has a Duty to Intervene in Trump’s Trade War,” The Bulwark: “As the United States and China announce dueling tariffs and send the stock markets spiraling, millions… Read More

A polarized Congress relies more on party-aligned think tanks

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May 15, 2019  ·  E.J. Fagan
Congress is more polarized and has less capacity to process complex information than ever. These trends are related. As Congress cut the budgets of its own internal think tanks –… Read More