Kevin R. Kosar

Kevin R. Kosar is a researcher and writer in Washington, DC. For further details, see

Media madness and the presidential conventions

America is way deep into the presidential race, and the party conventions are fast approaching. Democrats gather in Milwaukee on August 17 and Republican start theirs a week later. In the coming weeks, the media will produce an ocean of purple prose on these Cow Palace jamborees. If the past

COVID-19 puts a damper on the presidential foreign policy show

The recent reports on President Trump’s foreign policy efforts have been brutal. A few weeks ago excerpts from a book by John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, portrayed the President floundering at foreign policy—terribly. John and Jane Q. Public have learned that Russia, whose autocratic leader the President has been solicitous, paid

Primer on the Debt Ceiling

I forgot to post this short doc back in July 2018. Philip Wallach is the lead author. My sense is debt ceiling quite likely will come back s a salient political issue in the near future.

Review of Josh Chafetz, Congress’s Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers, Presidential Studies Quarterly

The autumn issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly carries my review of Josh Chafetz’s engaging and erudite book, Congress’s Constitution. The essay begins: How should we understand Congress’s power vis-à-vis the other branches of government? This is no academic matter, as indicated by the recent interbranch battles concerning the Patient Protection

The conservative case for expanded access to absentee ballots

Absentee ballot voting and voting by mail has become a highly salient issue in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted state primaries and could hamper the autumn general elections, has forced policymakers to look for ways to conduct elections while many Americans are locked down and fearful of crowded

Pelosi and the Democrats again try to federalize elections

Here we go again. This week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues dropped the $3 trillion “HEROES Act.” Like the last COVID-19 bill she pushed, the legislation is long — 1,815 pages — and has liberal hobby horses aplenty….(Read more)

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