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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

May 24, 2019  ·  David Bahr
Kia Rahnama, “What Congress cans do when Trump appointees defy it,” The Atlantic: “The legal framework governing situations such as this is seldom used and little known…Although the Constitution… Read More

The liberal Democratic origins of the conservative House Freedom Caucus

May 22, 2019  ·  Emily Baer-Bositis
Perhaps no group better epitomizes what James Madison described as the “mischiefs of faction” in the 21st century than the House Freedom Caucus (HFC). Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens,… Read More

Honest messengers: How symbolic messaging votes in Congress match vote choices on “real” votes

May 20, 2019  ·  Thomas Gray, Jeffery Jenkins
Members of Congress take many votes on policies that have no hope of becoming law. Often called “messaging votes” or “position taking votes,” they allow members the chance to reveal… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

May 17, 2019  ·  David Bahr
James Wallner, “Congress Has a Duty to Intervene in Trump’s Trade War,” The Bulwark: “As the United States and China announce dueling tariffs and send the stock markets spiraling, millions… Read More

A polarized Congress relies more on party-aligned think tanks

May 15, 2019  ·  E.J. Fagan
Congress is more polarized and has less capacity to process complex information than ever. These trends are related. As Congress cut the budgets of its own internal think tanks –… Read More

Congressional staff exit intention

May 13, 2019  ·  Hanna Brant
There is increased attention on congressional staff in recent months — from the House forming the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, to members of Congress making headlines… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

May 10, 2019  ·  David Bahr
Don Wolfensberger, “House subpoena fights imperil interbranch comity,” The Hill: Never before has a president signaled that his administration will resist all subpoenas issued by one house of Congress because it… Read More

Learning about legislative learning: Congressional hearings, organizational expertise, and the environmental movement

May 8, 2019  ·  Scott Ganz, Sarah Soule
In January, we published an article, “Greening the Congressional record: environmental social movements and expertise-based access to the policy process,” in Environmental Politics. The impetus for the project was our… Read More

Do members of Congress suffer the consequences of scandal?

May 6, 2019  ·  Collin Paschall
Scandals in Congress are common. On average, at least one member of the House of Representatives is found every two months to be involved in a personal imbroglio or… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

May 3, 2019  ·  David Bahr
Cristina Marcos, “Former lawmakers urge Congress to consider pay raises,” The Hill: “Former lawmakers on Wednesday urged a select committee tasked with modernizing Congress to consider finding ways to… Read More