Unprincipled Power Grabs Are Normalized in Supreme Court Contests Through 2020s

Thanks to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who deprived President Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland even a hearing, the Supreme Court is no longer above politics but a hyper-partisan instrument. For the foreseeable future, no president will be allowed to successfully nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court unless his party has at least a... Continue Reading →


Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): Social Media Authoritarianism Threatens Democracy

Senator Susan Collins, Republican from Maine: "We live in a time of such great disunity as the bitter fight over this (Kavanaugh) nomination both in the Senate and among the public clearly demonstrates. It is not merely a case of different groups having different opinions. It is a case of people bearing extreme ill will... Continue Reading →

John McCain’s Passing Symbolizes Diminishment of US Senate, Potential Renewal of Bipartisanship

Senator John McCain was independent-minded. He believed members of Congress were from a branch of government that was co-equal to the presidency, and that they could and should stand on principle, or seek grand compromises, despite partisan pressures, on issues as difficult as health care, immigration, gun violence. Like his colleague Edward Kennedy, he was... Continue Reading →

Who Broke Congress?

Congress, especially the US House, has always been an institution engendering discontent from reformist members frustrated at the slow pace of change. They come to Congress with an agenda, to get things done. Longtime congressional staffer John Lawrence argues persuasively that some of the reforms of the 1970s had unintended consequences and led to the... Continue Reading →

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