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Quick Hit: Highlights from the Blogosphere

February 13, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
If you were suspicious of the claim that 98% of Catholic women used birth control, it turns out you had good reason. Lydia McGrew breaks down the study Democrats used… Read More

Polarization on Obama

January 27, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Gallup reported this morning that Obama’s ratings are historically polarized. In the 60 years gallup has measured presidents’ approval and disapproval, Obama has received consistently higher approval… Read More

Newt Gingrich, the Adversarial News Media and “Camscam”

January 26, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
If you wander over to Politico, you should read an article by Ginger Gibson entitled: “Newt Gingrich and the Press: Secret Pals”  The gist of Gibson’ article is that, despite his righteous indignation… Read More

What Next: Gabrielle Giffords’ Resignation

January 25, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
With Gabrielle Giffords’ resignation today, it looks like Arizona’s 8th Congressional District is up for grabs.  Though Governor Jan Brewer has 3 days to announce a special election, the… Read More

Santorum: Insider v. Reformer(?)

January 20, 2012  ·  Chris Den Hartog and Timothy Nokken
This is a dichotomy Sheryl Gay Stolberg presents in her recent article at the New York Times. Santorum’s career, according to the article, spanned from freshman reformer to leadership… Read More

Super Committee Agrees On One Thing: John Kerry Talks Too Much

January 19, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
A little bit of super committee satire courtsey of pardonthepundit.com.  My favorite part: “Look, I like John. He’s a friend, but when you get him talking about government spending… Read More

In Defense of South Carolina: Institutions Matter

January 12, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
We all know the story of the 2000 Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.  John McCain won New Hampshire by double digits, leading a massive increase in campaign donations, campaign volunteers… Read More

The Cordray Appointment and Congress’s Crisis of Legitimation

January 10, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
Last week Richard Cordray received what the White House called a “recess” appointment to serve as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  (side note: during break I was… Read More

People know why the Senate is Weird, Quick Hit Style

January 6, 2012  ·  LegBranch Team
We’re swinging back into a semi-normal routine after vacation. If you haven’t already read the BE Press Forum on the Senate, it has several very solid articles from… Read More

Congressional Salary = Congressional Disapproval?

December 28, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Aaron Blake (aka The Fix) at Washington Post recently wrote about congressional disapproval with respect to member salaries. It’s an interesting take but I have a couple points to… Read More