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The big reforms in the Trump postal reform p...

The big reforms in the Trump postal reform plan

Yesterday, the Trump administration unveiled its recommendations for reforming the ailing U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Due to plunging mail volume and rising costs, USPS lost $4 billion last year and has $130 billion in unfunded pension and health care obligations. The 74-page report was issued by the U.S. Treasury, which headed the Task Force on the United States Postal System. Secretary […]

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 […]

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 […]

CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Repo...

CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Reports

The Congressional Research Service plays an essential role in policymaking and oversight. It makes Congress smarter about issues and teaches new legislators how to legislate. I would not have spent 11 years working at CRS if I did not think very highly of the institution. But there is one topic on which the widely esteemed […]

Six Quick Takes On President Trump’s Spe...

Six Quick Takes On President Trump’s Speech

#1 Thank you for making your speech short. Really, the days when folks enjoyed hearing long orations have passed. #2 I am glad you thanked the Obamas for being “magnificent” to you during the transition. Offering “gracious aid” to an incoming president is part of the orderly transfer of government. I hope you’ll be as helpful when […]

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