Six Ways to Curb the Executive Branch

January 25, 2017
Alexander Hamilton on the limited executive, Federalist 68. Credit: Library of Congress . By Kevin R. Kosar The Founders intended Congress as the most powerful branch, making the laws… Read More

The Duties of a Senator: Ben Sasse Responds to Nate Silver

December 5, 2016
Photo source: Sen Ben Sasse of Nebraska has a fascinating post on Medium, which he wrote in response to a Nate Silver column. It’s a good read. I spent… Read More

House Holds Hearing on the Power of the Purse

December 4, 2016
The House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations and Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules convened a hearing on the power of the purse on December 1, 2016. It… Read More

A Trump-Ryan Constitutional Revival?

November 30, 2016
Source: Christopher DeMuth had an intriguing essay in the November 25 copy of the Wall Street Journal. He writes: A central purpose of the American scheme of checks… Read More

Video of Meeting On Legislative Branch Reorganization

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November 22, 2016
Enjoy the melodious orations of Kevin Kosar (R Street Institute), Walter Oleszek (Congressional Research Service), and Mark Strand (Congressional Institute) during your lengthy holiday travels, or as you recover from… Read More

Legislation to Create Joint Committee on Congress Introduced in House

September 29, 2016
Source: H. Con. Res. 169 was introduced on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Its would create a Joint Committee on Congress to explore possible reforms. “Reps. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)… Read More

Abolish the Senate to Strengthen the Separation of Powers?

September 7, 2016
John Bicknell, the executive editor of, had an impish piece in the Washington Post on August 30, 2016.  To rebalance the separation of powers, it is necessary… Read More

Cincinnatus and the Myth of Amateur Rule

August 14, 2016
Cincinnatus leaves the plow for the Roman dictatorship. Painting by Juan Antonio Ribera, c. 1806. Blogpost by Thomas F. Ranieri, Federalist Society The tale of Cincinnatus is a popular one… Read More

Why Has Congress Become More Chaotic?

July 11, 2016
Source: Kevin R. Kosar Jonathan Rauch‘s “How American Politics Went Insane” has drawn much commentary. Rauch argues that Congress is struggling to organize itself, and that a major cause… Read More

Not Only America: Canada’s Legislature Begins to Strengthen Itself

July 6, 2016
Source: Guest blog post by Sean Speer, R Street Institute Last month’s Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s unilateral immigration directive was a positive development for those determined… Read More