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The other biggest problem in Washing...

The other biggest problem in Washington

A supine Congress unable to hold a president accountable. Members who find the job miserable (except for the status). A persistent problem of understaffing and lack of policy expertise. For decades, Congress has faced these growing problems and others. The Trump era has thrown them into overdrive. Congress has weakened itself and centralized its policymaking […]

Congressional reform is way over...

Congressional reform is way overdue

Critics often are quick to blame congressional passivity on partisanship. Many Republicans certainly are gun shy about attacking the de facto leader of their party. But congressional indulgence of the executive is not an aberration of the Trump presidency. Legislators have both grown the executive branch and permitted executives to act without authorization and with little fear […]

Bring in the nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessm...

Bring in the nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment

Read it at http://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Final-128.pdf

The Russia Investigation: Why the Overseers Need Oversi...

The Russia Investigation: Why the Overseers Need Oversight

What’s going on with the Russia investigation? For most of us, the answer likely is, “Beats me.” It seems every week or two there’s a media report about Congress holding a hearing or some member of Team Trump or other person being called in to testify: James Comey, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. The facts […]

Make Congress Great Ag...

Make Congress Great Again

Casey Burgat and I have a new essay in Washington Monthly. “In his short time in office, President Donald Trump has moved unilaterally to reduce environmental protections, pull the nation from international agreements, and hollow out the federal workforce. This summer, he threatened North Korea with nuclear holocaust and then issued an executive order that […]

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More St...

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

Mark Twain famously remarked, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” Although famously crotchety, he did touch upon a basic truth: our elected officials are amateurs. They arrive in Washington, DC with only an inkling of how government works. How could it be otherwise? Few […]

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