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Podcast: Congress’s proxy wars

June 30, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Listen here. The House of Representatives has resolved to allow members of Congress to vote by proxy. Some members of the House, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy… Read More

Podcast: What values are essential in a successful democracy?

June 29, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Listen here. In this special bonus episode of Politics In Question, Julia Azari, Lee Drutman, and James Wallner discuss the values that make democracies successful. What exactly are… Read More

Can congressional diplomacy work for grand strategy?

June 25, 2020  ·  Ryan Dukeman
Back in 2017, I predicted that the “damage control” diplomacy Congress had started to exert in response to the Trump administration’s unorthodox shifts in US foreign policy would… Read More

Three days a week

June 24, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Senate Republicans consistently emphasized their performance confirming conservative judges in the months leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pointed… Read More

Democrats support Trump’s judicial nominees

June 23, 2020  ·  James Wallner
A recent Politico report examining “the Senate’s record-breaking gridlock” during Donald Trump’s presidency claims that Democratic “filibusters against the president’s nominees have hit historic highs.” The report claims… Read More

Republicans are responsible for confirmation process slowdown

June 22, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
A review of the Senate confirmation process in the 115th and 116th Congresses indicates that President Trump’s judicial nominees received more Democratic support than the standard view assumes. In short,… Read More

Filibusters and cloture

June 19, 2020  ·  James Wallner
The standard account of Senate obstruction goes something like this: The Senate’s lax rules of procedure empower its increasingly polarized members to obstruct the majority party as it tries to… Read More

Podcast: How do democratic self-governments respond to extremism?

June 18, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Listen here. In this week’s episode of Politics In Question, Mike Signer joins Julia Azari, Lee Drutman, and James Wallner to consider how democratic self-governments respond to extremism… Read More

Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

June 17, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Edited by Timothy M. LaPira, Lee Drutman, and Kevin R. Kosar Congress today is falling short. Fewer bills, worse oversight, and more dysfunction. But why? In a new volume of… Read More

House bill passed with proxy votes becomes law

June 16, 2020  ·  James Wallner
President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (HR 7010) into law on June 5. Among its provisions, HR 7010 increases… Read More