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Popular constitutionalism: Antidote for rule by the judiciary

October 22, 2019  ·  James Wallner
On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln traveled to the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to give witness to the cause for which the Americans who had fought and died in the… Read More

Symposium: The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review

October 21, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
“Who ought to rule” is an age old question, pondered by the great thinkers since the days when Socrates padded about the public square in Athens. These days, “Who ought… Read More

Video: Time for an upgrade: Getting better tech for Congress

October 18, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Congress and modern technology: These two terms aren’t often paired together, let alone considered compatible. Although technology has the capability to enhance the First Branch’s abilities—from legislative empowerment to… Read More

How should we think about impeachment?

October 17, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
It’s in the news—relentlessly, and many commentator and interested parties have taken some hard positions on the issue. But maybe we should pause, take a step back, and ponder, “How… Read More

Memo: Staff recruitment, retention, compensation and benefits; and chair term limits

October 16, 2019  ·  Alan E. Wiseman and Craig Volden
To:                  The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:              Alan E. Wiseman, Co-Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking, Vanderbilt University; Craig Volden, Co-Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking, University of… Read More

Congress must protect its constitutional power over war

October 15, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Louis Fisher’s new policy study notes: “Nothing in Article II places any exclusive power in the president over external affairs. He is the Commander in Chief of the… Read More

What is a gerrymander?

October 10, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Gerrymander? What constitutes a gerrymander? Prof. Julia Azari (Marquette University), Lee Drutman (New America), and James Wallner (R Street Institute) consider how the gerrymander impacts our politics, examine what the… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

October 10, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Frank O. Bowman, III, “White House Letter Distorts Both Law and History on Impeachment,”, October 9, 2019. “The White House letter of October 8 refusing all executive… Read More

Shared employees in the U.S. House: Who are they, and what do they do?

October 9, 2019  ·  Nick W. Zeppos
Members of the House are permitted to have 18 permanent employees and 4 additional employees–including interns, part-time employees, shared employees, temporary employees, and employees on leave without pay… Read More

Adding capacity to House member offices: Who, what, how?

October 8, 2019  ·  Nick W. Zeppos
Congressional reformers frequently urge the House of Representatives to expand its capacity by expanding its staff, which has consistently shrunk over the last three decades. Often reformers are… Read More