Chris Marquette, “Office of Congressional Ethics has undertaken 9 investigations since April,” Roll Call, July 25, 2019:

“The independent, non-partisan investigative entity has moved seven matters to a second-phase review.”


Anthony Marcum, “Blocking critics on Twitter: What Congress should know,” R Street Institute Blog, July 24, 2019:

“When can politicians block abusive social media accounts? Must they wait until the user violates the website’s user agreement? Can members of Congress block non-constituents?”


James D’Angelo, “Congressional pay is a victim of excessive transparency,”, July 24, 2019:

“It is no secret that many legislators are having a hard time making ends meet. In ever increasing numbers, they sleep in their offices and shower in the gym…The trouble however isn’t politics as usual. The problem is transparency.”


Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Maggie Hassan, “Countdown to ending government shutdowns,” The Hill, July 23, 2019:

“Sadly, shutdowns and CRs have become our new normal, and Congress currently has no real incentive to budget and appropriate through the correct process… Our proposal is simple and bipartisan, two things we agree Washington could use more of right now.”


James Wallner, “The evolving role of the Senate parliamentarian,”, July 23, 2019:

“Senators’ increased dependence on the parliamentarian, whether or not they are presiding over the chamber, suggests an erosion of procedural knowledge in the Senate.”


Laura Castro Lindarte “A closer look at what the alumni of the 115th Congress have been up to,” Roll Call, July 22, 2019:

“One hundred and fifteen former House members and senators, who served full or partial terms in the 115th Congress, are newly adapting to life after Capitol Hill.”


Sarah Ferris, John Bresnahan, Heather Caygle, “Trump and congressional leaders reach sweeping budget agreement,” Politico, July 22, 2019:

“The agreement would eliminate the threat of dual fiscal crises that have long been hanging over Washington — an unprecedented default on U.S. debt and massive across-the-board spending cuts that could paralyze key agencies.”

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