Crippled Congress = expanded executive powers

February 20, 2018
Image source: POGO Congress is unquestionably polarized. Many of the nation’s most pressing issues are mired in gridlock. These facets of our politics are understood, but the consequences of… Read More

How women work harder to stay in Congress

February 15, 2018
Image source: Politico By Jeffrey Lazarus Almost ten years ago, my colleague Amy Steigerwalt and I were writing on congressional earmarks when we noticed an interesting trend: in the years… Read More

The knowledge culture of Congress

February 14, 2018
Image Source: LOC By Colleen J. Shogan The swirl of commentary and serious thought about “fake news” and “the death of expertise” begs a larger question about American political… Read More

The struggle between objectivity vs. neutrality continues at the Congressional Research Service

February 13, 2018
By Kevin R. Kosar Recently, leadership of the Congressional Research Service and the Library of Congress were presented with a memorandum. It expressed concern that the agencies’ analysts,… Read More

Does gerrymandering cause gridlock in Congress?

February 1, 2018
Image Source: US Census By Marian Currinder Last week, David Wasserman and his Gerrymandering Project colleagues released The Atlas of Redistricting, a massive undertaking that involved drawing… Read More

The Housification of the Upper Chamber: The 115th Senate is basically unrecognizable.

December 21, 2017
By Joshua C. Huder If the Senate were a friend, you’d say it was having an off-year. Or worse, you would tell it to see a doctor. The bipartisan,… Read More

Video: Molly E. Reynolds discusses her book, Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the U.S. Senate

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December 21, 2017
The Hoover Institution’s Director of Washington Programs, Michael G. Franc, interviews author Molly E. Reynolds on her latest book, Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the… Read More

New: James Wallner, On Parliamentary War: Partisan Conflict and Procedural Change in the U.S. Senate (University of Michigan Press)

December 6, 2017
The R Street Institute’s James Wallner has a new book out: On Parliamentary War.  “Dysfunction in the contemporary Senate is driven by the deteriorating relationship between the majority… Read More

Review: Molly Reynolds’ Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Reform in the Senate

November 30, 2017
By James Wallner The Senate has changed considerably in recent years. So too has our understanding of how its members make decisions. Traditionally, the leading scholarship on the Senate… Read More

Congress helped create the CFPB’s leadership crisis. It can fix it.

November 29, 2017
Source: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ Over the past few days, the D.C. news cycle has been dominated by the palace intrigue over who should be properly recognized as acting director of the Consumer… Read More