In border dispute, focus should be on Congress

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January 11, 2019
President Trump is increasingly going public in an effort to secure funding for his border wall.  On Tuesday, Trump gave his first ever prime-time Oval Office address, and yesterday, he… Read More

The Fall of Jim Wright—and the House of Representatives

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January 3, 2019
Those of us seeking to understand what has gone wrong with Congress are always on the lookout for characters who can be cast as villains in the institution’s history. Read More

Congress in 2019: The 2nd most educated and least politically experienced House freshman class

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December 28, 2018
As we outlined in an earlier article, the 116th Congress is going to look a lot different than its predecessors thanks to a younger, more female, less white new… Read More

How divided government affects lobbyist influence in Congress

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December 11, 2018
As a result of November’s mid-term elections, the national government will transition from a unified government, in which members of the Republican Party control the House, Senate, and the White… Read More

Why are members leaving Congress?

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December 3, 2018
The 116th Congress will have the largest, most diverse incoming freshman class in a generation. But this milestone wasn’t achieved just because a bunch of incumbents lost. Well before November 6, more… Read More

Can Pelosi flip enough votes? Probably not without conceding her job.

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November 28, 2018
The attempted Pelosi ouster is crumbling. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) heads into today’s Democratic Caucus leadership elections unopposed in the race for Speaker. However, her quest for the… Read More

What happens when the House picks a Speaker?

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November 26, 2018
In the wake of the federal elections last week, all eyes immediately turned toward the Democratic Party and the impending transfer of power in the House of Representatives. While many… Read More

LegBranch conversations: An interview with John Lawrence

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November 20, 2018
Kevin Kosar, Vice President of Policy at the R Street Institute and co-director of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, interviews John Lawrence about his book, The Class of… Read More

2018 saw more women elected to Congress. Should we expect women to govern differently?

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November 19, 2018
The 2018 election saw the largest contingent of new women elected to the House since that other “Year of the Woman” election in 1992.  Making her case to reclaim the… Read More

Jeff Flake doesn’t have to go gentle into that good night

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November 19, 2018
In a famous poem, Dylan Thomas urges his father, “Do not go gentle into that good night … Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Thomas’ poem is about… Read More