Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

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Six Ways Congress Can Curb a Runaway Presid...

Six Ways Congress Can Curb a Runaway President

No bones about it, Donald Trump is a steamroller. He defeated 16 Republican candidates, despite being a political novice. Jeb Bush’s $150 million war chest couldn’t insulate him from Trump’s insults; nor could Hillary’s much vaunted ground game and experience. Now Trump is in the Oval Office, and has shown no sign of taking his […]

PSNow Interview of Kevin Kosar On Non-Academic Career Pa...

PSNow Interview of Kevin Kosar On Non-Academic Career Paths

Political Science Now published and interview with me about my life as a non-academic political scientist in January 2017…. (Read more at PoliticalScienceNow.com)

Does Congress Want to Gove...

Does Congress Want to Govern?

Over the past year, leading members of Congress have delivered some stirring mea culpas about the demise of the First Branch of Government. Speaker Ryan’s “A Better Way” agenda declares: “The people granted Congress the power to write laws, raise revenues, and spend and borrow money on behalf of the United States. There is no […]

“Reasserting Congress in Regulatory Policy,” in Policy Reforms for an Accountable Administrative State (National Affairs, 20...

“Reasserting Congress in Regulatory Policy,” in Policy Reforms for an Accountable Administrative State (National Affairs, 2017)

My chapter in this new National Affairs report can be found at http://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/page/regulation-policy-book

Yesterday We Talked About Congress Reclaiming the Power of the Purse — a ...

Yesterday We Talked About Congress Reclaiming the Power of the Purse — a Bit

I co-direct the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, a nonpartisan gathering of scholars and congressional staff that aims to “make Congress great again.” We meet each month on the Hill to discuss aspects of congressional capacity, and to commission and produce research on the subject. So, obviously I was REALLY delighted to be invited to […]

Testimony before Congress on Restoring the Power of the Pu...

Testimony before Congress on Restoring the Power of the Purse

On December 1, 2016, I testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Committee’s  Subcommittee on Government Operations and Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules. The topic was Congress and the power of the purse, with a focus on executive agencies discretion to expend fees. My written testimony is here. Video of my testimony as delivered […]

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