Some takeaways from the “Trump 25”

July 6, 2018
During the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump released a list of names that, if elected, he would use to nominate the next Supreme Court justice. The original list started with… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

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June 29, 2018
Senate Matt Glassman, “The SCOTUS Nomination, Senate Procedure, and Democratic Strategy,” Notice & Comment: “With the announcement of Justice Kennedy’s retirement yesterday, many liberals have called on Senate Democrats… Read More

Those 5-4 decisions on the Supreme Court? 9-0 is far more common.

June 28, 2018
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement Wednesday that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court led to justifiable hand-wringing about his crucial role as the swing vote in 5-4 decisions. Read More

Clarifying the power of federal agencies could offer Trump a lasting legacy

June 25, 2018
In this age of unbridled administrative overreach, it is a rare thing for the executive branch to be willing to slim itself down. Yet on June 21, … Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

June 22, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder Senate Niels Lesniewski, “Senators Keeping Hope — and ‘Regular Order’ — Alive,” Roll Call: “Does the Senate’s sudden appetite for “regular order” have… Read More

The federal courts need more judges — magistrates can help

June 21, 2018
There is a crisis in the federal judiciary — 75 of them to be exact. That is the number of federal courts, according to the Judicial Conference (the… Read More

Video: Congress and national security

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June 21, 2018
The Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group’s May meeting featured a panel of national security experts who discussed a wide range of vital topics including: Congress’ role in national security and… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

June 15, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder Senate Rorie Spill Solberg and Eric N. Waltenburg, “Are Trump’s judicial nominees really being confirmed at a record pace? The answer is complicated,”… Read More

Does Trump even know a formal pardon process exists?

June 11, 2018
President Trump recently tweeted that he had the “absolute right” to pardon himself. Is he right? We’ll see. Regardless, the president indisputably has the power to grant… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

June 8, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder Senate Thomas Kaplan and Nicholas Fandos, “Senate’s August Recess Cut, Keeping Democrats Off Campaign Trail,” NYT: “Senator Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he… Read More