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Two of my Favorite Things: College Football and Politics

July 9, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
This week, ESPN and other sports news outlets carried an AP story which contained some actual political science.  The original AP story summarized a study by Healy,… Read More

Deficit Democrats

July 8, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
There is a lot of uproar about the recent deficit dispute.  Republicans say, as if they were holding hands around a camp fire, that we are mortgaging our children’s future… Read More

And now the Democrats hate the Filibuster

July 6, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Maybe this title is a bit of a hyperbole. But in a recent interview, Speaker Pelosi gives the impression that filibusters are beginning to irk her. Pelosi’s… Read More

Yucca Mountain

July 2, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
When teaching American politics to undergraduates, I always seem to find a handful of examples or issues that transcend each lecture.  The politics surrounding Yucca Mountain is my next universal… Read More

A History of Congressional Absurdity

June 29, 2010  ·  LegBranch Team
Teaching a class on Congress is not easy. While procedural nuances and institutional norms are sometimes difficult to articulate, the most difficult obstacle I encounter is students’ hatred for American… Read More