Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

A truckload of watermelons: Five OMG’s from John Lawrence’s “The Class of ‘...

A truckload of watermelons: Five OMG’s from John Lawrence’s “The Class of ‘74”

John Lawrence has some tales to tell. He served nearly four decades in the House, culminating as the chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi during her stint as speaker from 2007-2011. Lawrence’s book, The Class of ‘74: Congress After Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship (Johns Hopkins), was released earlier this year, and is a heady, political […]

Will Congress save the money-bleeding Postal Serv...

Will Congress save the money-bleeding Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) lost nearly $2 billion in 2018. But that eye-popping number does not capture the full picture. The agency failed to pay $2 billion into its employees’ health care fund, so its real loss this year is $4 billion. This is not good. Congress designed the Postal Service to be a […]

Vague law foments debate over USPS parcel pric...

Vague law foments debate over USPS parcel pricing

There’s been quite the hullabaloo raging over the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) pricing of parcels. President Donald J. Trump started a volley in late December 2017 by tweeting….(Read more)

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 […]

The Atrophying of the Congressional Research Service’s Role in Supporting Committee Oversi...

The Atrophying of the Congressional Research Service’s Role in Supporting Committee Oversight

Read it at http://kevinrkosar.com/Kosar%20CRS%20Oversight%20Wayne%20Final%2008-2018.pdf

Why I like voting by m...

Why I like voting by mail

It has been a few years since I queued up at a polling place, and I am the happier for it. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for the pageantry: citizen volunteers man polling places; activists outside hand out flyers in hopes of swinging votes; I get a little sticker to wear proudly […]

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