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The Constitution ensures no one rules America

October 30, 2020  ·  James Wallner
The nation’s political class is at a fever pitch with less than one week to go until Election Day. Its denizens are convinced that American self-government’s fate hinges on whether… Read More

Democrats Have Made It Easier for Republicans to Confirm Barrett

October 26, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced that she intends to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court, reversing her prior pledge to vote no… Read More

Survey: Tell Us About LegBranch

October 23, 2020  ·  William Gray
We want your feedback on LegBranch! Please take this quick survey! (Link here in case the embedded form is broken.) Loading…… Read More

With Amy Coney Barrett, Democrats hold a master class on how to lose a Senate debate

October 22, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Shortly after President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court’s vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Democrats vowed to do everything they could… Read More

Congress, Fix the Succession Act

October 21, 2020  ·  Matt Glassman
The impeachment of President Trump, his recent contraction of COVID-19 and widespread concerns about a possible extended election dispute share an important feature: they all raise the remote, but real,… Read More

Event: Election 2020 – Setting Expectations & Debunking Myths

October 20, 2020  ·  William Gray
When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 3:30pm ET. Register here. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted American life in many ways and will certainly also impact the 2020 election. In fact, in order… Read More

How should the United States select its judges?

October 19, 2020  ·  William Gray
In this week’s episode of Politics In Question, Judith Resnik joins Julia, Lee, and James to consider how a democracy should select its judges. Judith is the Arthur… Read More

Senate Judiciary Committee Rules

October 16, 2020  ·  James Wallner
This piece originally appeared in Legislative Procedure. Senate Rule XXVI empowers the Judiciary Committee to adopt rules to govern its proceedings. The committees rules can… Read More

What Happens Now in the Senate Judiciary Committee

October 15, 2020  ·  James Wallner
(This piece originally appeared in Legislative Procedure.) After two marathon days of questioning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to complete its review of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to… Read More

Supreme Court term limits would increase political tensions around justices, not ease them

October 15, 2020  ·  Anthony Marcum
This piece originally appeared in USA Today. Here we go again. The third Supreme Court confirmation battle in less than four years has begun. Court watchers and policymakers have… Read More