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Reviving earmarks the right way: Some advice for Congress

The Democratic leadership in Congress is currently making fast moves toward reimplementing earmarks after a 10-year moratorium. This is a very positive development to re-empower legislators to direct needed federal resources to local and regional needs. As we’ve written in our recent AEI report, the earmark moratorium failed: It did

Why did the U.S. Postal Service’s performance decline last year?

Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hauled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before it and spent the better part of five and a half hours denouncing him.In part, majority Democrats were politicking — —they rehashed their calumny that DeJoy was a Trumpy mephistopheles who plotted to steal the

The return of earmarks: A Q&A on what’s happening and what to expect

Various reports indicate that congressional Democrats intend to bring back earmarks. Politico quoted Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) as saying they will return, and that House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro “is working through the details of a reformed process.” This news is not a bolt out of the blue. Last week,

Legislators feel caught in a primaries trap

What is next for Donald Trump? There are reports that the former president is intending to play a role in the 2022 election. One report says his hit list includes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC). Note: All of

The political right needs to change course on elections reform

Was the 2020 election a wipeout for the Republican Party? At first blush, yes. The party lost control of the presidency and the Senate — two years after losing the House of Representatives. Things have not been this bad since Herbert Hoover’s presidency. He too was a one-term president whose

Understanding Congress podcast

AEI and I launched a new podcast: Understanding Congress. It features short discussions explaining how the First Branch works—and doesn’t. Check it out at

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