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House committees are hearing from fewer ...

House committees are hearing from fewer witnesses. That hurts public policy

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress met, as you probably haven’t heard. That’s partly because it was a sober affair, with members dutifully listening to experts about improving how members legislate instead of giving speeches masquerading as questions….(Read more)

Should Congress Have to Approve Every Fe...

Should Congress Have to Approve Every Federal Regulation? A Debate

Andrew Rudalevige (AR): Kevin, you recently wrote a piece in Politico called “Six ways to curb a runaway presidency.” This dovetails nicely with a chapter I wrote for an upcoming volume on “The Imperial Presidency and the Constitution.” We share a concern about the shift of authority from the legislative branch to the executive branch […]

The House Freedom Caucus Wants Looser Pa...

The House Freedom Caucus Wants Looser Party Control on the Floor

Former House speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), was often attacked by fellow Republicans for influencing House processes to get policy outcomes that he wanted. We all know what’s happened since. Boehner resigned, and his heir apparent, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), withdrew. In the meantime, the House Freedom Caucus outlined a list of policy and process […]

How the Government Tries to Influence Yo...

How the Government Tries to Influence Your Beliefs

Did you know the federal government spent more than $760 million on advertising contracts? But that’s just part of the vast persuasion operation the government has going. Veteran journalist John Maxwell Hamilton and I have a piece on WashingtonPost.com on the executive branch’s attempts to persuade the public. The piece is more subtle than the eye-grabbing […]

Bob Woodward, “Time for Leaders to Deleg

Bob Woodward, “Time for Leaders to Delegate on the Budget,” the Washington Post, January 3, 2012

  Bob Woodward has proferred an interesting idea—elected official should delegate greater responsibility for crafting a budget deal.  He points out that congressional staff were awfully close to a deal in October 2011 that raised revenues and cut spending. Woodward writes, Some staffers were ready to break out the champagne. They had a pipeline straight […]