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Who Serves in Congress?
Who Serves in Congress?

Every two years brings a new Congress, and every two years the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service publishes a report detailing ...

February 19, 2024
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What Does It Mean to “Move the Previous Question”?

Source: C-SPAN. According to House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House, "The motion for the ...

February 13, 2024
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When Congress Comes Calling: A Study on the Principles, Practices, and Pragmatics of Legislative Inquiry
When Congress Comes Calling: A Study on the Principles, Practices, and Pragmatics of Legislative Inquiry

Morton Rosenberg, When Congress Comes Calling: A Study on the Principles, Practices, and Pragmatics of Legislative Inquiry (The Constitution Project, ...

February 12, 2024
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How Congress Lost, Part I: The Defeated Congress
How Congress Lost, Part I: The Defeated Congress

"Congress was intended to be the most important institution in our national government.... Congress’s centrality in American political life is ...

February 9, 2024
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How has the Speakership of the House of Representative Changed Over Time?
How has the Speakership of the House of Representative Changed Over Time?

Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1789-91 and 1793-95. Source: Wikipedia. The U.S. Constitution declares, "The House ...

February 7, 2024
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The Politics of War Powers: The Theory and History of Presidential Unilateralism
The Politics of War Powers: The Theory and History of Presidential Unilateralism

Sarah Burns, The Politics of War Powers: The Theory and History of Presidential Unilateralism (University of Kansas Press, 2019). Buy ...

January 28, 2024
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Building a Better Budget Process
Building a Better Budget Process

Convergence, a not-for-profit organization, convened various individuals from a range of political and policy perspectives to figure out a new ...

January 23, 2024
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What Are Continuing Resolutions?
What Are Continuing Resolutions?

"When... annual appropriations acts are not enacted by the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1), one or more continuing ...

January 19, 2024
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How Does Campaign Fundraising in the House of Representatives Work?
How Does Campaign Fundraising in the House of Representatives Work?

Campaigns cost money---for travel, for signs, for advertisements, voter data, etc. This means members of Congress have to devote time ...

January 18, 2024
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Why Do Federal Government Shutdowns Occur?
Why Do Federal Government Shutdowns Occur?

Article I, section 9, clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution declares, "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but ...

January 16, 2024
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Job Description for a Member of Congress
Job Description for a Member of Congress

Kathy Goldschmidt and Bradley Sinkaus, Job Description for a Member of Congress, Congressional Management Foundation, 2018. Note: The job description offered ...

January 16, 2024
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Congress at a Crossroads: Retiring Members of Congress Tell Us What’s Right, What’s Wrong–And How to Fix It
Congress at a Crossroads: Retiring Members of Congress Tell Us What’s Right, What’s Wrong–And How to Fix It

Mark Sobol and Leonard Steinhorn, Congress at a Crossroads: Retiring Members of Congress Tell Us What's Right, What's Wrong–And How ...

January 12, 2024
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Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

George Crile, Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003). Buy ...

January 11, 2024
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Congress: The Strongest Branch of Liberty?
Congress: The Strongest Branch of Liberty?

Louis Fisher, Congress: Protecting Individual Rights (University of Kansas Press, 2016). Buy a copy. Which branch of government comes to mind ...

January 10, 2024
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What Is Congressional Oversight and How Can It Be Measured?
What Is Congressional Oversight and How Can It Be Measured?

Carl Levin and Elise J. Bean, "Defining Congressional Oversight and Measuring Its Effectiveness," 64 Wayne L. Rev. 2, 2018, pp. ...

January 9, 2024
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Where Can I Find Out How Much Congress Spends On Itself?
Where Can I Find Out How Much Congress Spends On Itself?

You can find data for legislative branch spening in the data set compiled by the First Branch Forecast, which has ...

January 8, 2024
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A Chat with John Lawrence, Author of The Class of 74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship
A Chat with John Lawrence, Author of The Class of 74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship

John Lawrence, The Class of '74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). Buy ...

January 7, 2024
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What Is the Status of the Reforms Proposed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress?
What Is the Status of the Reforms Proposed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress?

J.D. Rackey, "What Is the Status of the Reforms Proposed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress?" (Sunwater ...

January 6, 2024
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A Review of Fergus Bordewich, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government
A Review of Fergus Bordewich, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

Fergus M. Bordewich, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government ...

January 4, 2024
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APSA Report on Reforming Congress
APSA Report on Reforming Congress

In 2019, the American Political Science Association (APSA) supported a scholarly effort led by Frances Lee (Princeton), Eric Schickler (UC-Berkeley), ...

January 4, 2024
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