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One way to modernize Congress is a throwback

October 14, 2020  ·  William Gray
Paul Kane, senior congressional correspondent and columnist for the Washington Post, writes about the last set of recommendations by the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress and how… Read More

End confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees

October 13, 2020  ·  William Gray
In USA Today, Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, makes the case for ending Supreme Court confirmation hearings for… Read More

Barrett’s confirmation may be certain, but these Senate hearings are invaluable

October 13, 2020  ·  William Gray
In the Washington Post, Adam J. White, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why Supreme Court nomination hearings are important. “Yet despite all… Read More

The line between government communication and propaganda.

October 12, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
(This piece by Kevin Kosar and John Maxwell Hamilton originally appeared in Politico.) Three hundred million dollars — that’s how much the Trump Administration … Read More

Brookings: Tracking House oversight in the Trump era

October 9, 2020  ·  William Gray
The Brookings Institution has a new interactive tool aimed at monitoring “the actions being taken by House committees to conduct oversight of administration actions and policies since the 2016… Read More

For the Supreme Court, 8 Justices Would be Better than 9

October 7, 2020  ·  Anthony Marcum
(This piece by Anthony Marcum and James Wallner originally appeared in Politico.) Republican efforts to confirm a third Supreme Court justice in President Trump’s first term have reignited the… Read More

Senate Judiciary Committee’s Record on Virtual Hearings: May – Sept. 2020

October 6, 2020  ·  Anthony Marcum
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted Congress. According to GovTrack, 72 members of Congress so far “have been quarantined, tested positive for COVID-19, or came in contact with someone with COVID-19.”… Read More

Podcast: Megan Reiss, National Security Policy Advisor for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

October 5, 2020  ·  William Gray
Megan Reiss is national security policy advisor for Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, and she joined the Why Public Service? podcast to talk about her work. She previously was… Read More

What can we learn from other nations about pernicious polarization in the United States?

October 5, 2020  ·  William Gray
In the latest episode of Politics In Question, Jennifer McCoy joins Julia, Lee, and James to discuss political polarization in the United States and worldwide. McCoy is… Read More

Norms, Precedents and Senate Confirmation

October 2, 2020  ·  Joshua Huder
The Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing has thrust the Senate’s constitutional confirmation function into an already chaotic 2020 election cycle. Senate Majority Leader McConnell appears… Read More