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The Senate Rule Change Was “A Return To Order”

October 11, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Harry Reid published an op-ed in today’s Washington Post defending last week’s change in Senate precedent.  He begins his essay by arguing–like I did in the immediate aftermath of the… Read More

Steve Smith on “What Happened in the Senate Last Night”

October 7, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I posed a few questions about the specific procedures that governed last night’s supposed nuclear meltdown in the Senate.  Steve Smith, the Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science at Washington University in… Read More

Using the Nuclear Option to Limit Post-Cloture Obstructionism, Not Deliberation

October 6, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Talking Points Memo has the most cogent explanation of what happened tonight regarding the s0-called nuclear option (edit: see also Sarah Binder’s post at TMC).  I’m too tired… Read More

Politics and Football II: The Sequel

October 6, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
As you’ve probably heard, the country singer and prospective Senatorial candidate (TN) Hank Williams, Jr. made some pretty absurd comments comparing President Obama to Hitler on Monday. … Read More

Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Why So Much Stability?

September 29, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Regular readers of the blog will recall that we are drafting a semi-regular series that codifies some of the foundational tenets of new institutionalism.  This is our contribution… Read More

Continuing Resolution Passes House 219-203

September 23, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Late tonight the House passed a resolution by a vote of 219 to 203 to fund the government through the 18th of November.  Yesterday, a similar resolution failed on the House… Read More

Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Plott’s Equation

September 22, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Inspired by Hans Noel’s “10 Things Political Scientists Know that You Don’t,” Josh, Jordan, Will and I are rolling out a semi-regular series that borrows the idea  and… Read More

Quick Hit: Congress Playing Chicken

September 21, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s Planet Money.  They are generally very smart and pretty entertaining.  Though it’s a little old now, they posted an episode last week (link… Read More

Debating the President’s Jobs Plan

September 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Among other things, the president’s new jobs plan has renewed interest in the perennial question: under what conditions does the president pass successfully his preferred policies in Congress? National media… Read More

Reasons to be Optimistic about the Super Committee

September 8, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—a.k.a. the “super committee”—will hold its first official meeting today (September 8th) at 10:30am.  Today’s meeting of the committee is an organizational one, with… Read More