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Evidence-based legislating: The missing link in efforts to resurrect Congress as the co-equal branch

October 28, 2019  ·  Denise Baer
The members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress have been called “superheroes” for their strong bipartisan recommendations by Bruce Patton of the… Read More

Popular constitutionalism in the age of Trump

October 24, 2019  ·  Larry Kramer
Few things are more gratifying than having a work of scholarship recognized for an anniversary, and I am exceptionally grateful to Anthony Marcum and James Wallner for their… Read More

Popular constitutionalism: But how would the people rule?

October 23, 2019  ·  Anthony Marcum
Fifteen years ago, Larry Kramer’s book The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review (Oxford University Press) challenged the conventional understanding of judicial review and introduced popular constitutionalism to… Read More

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