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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | November 2, 2022

Dear Friends: As we make our way through leftover Halloween candy and await the outcome of next week’s midterm elections, it’s never too early to start thinking about what’s ahead in the lame duck Congress. Last week’s brutal attack on Speaker Pelosi’s husband, whose alleged assailant has acknowledged he was after the Speaker herself, has

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The Justices Weigh Democracy

Susan Sullivan Lagon | November 2, 2022

Every even-numbered year in the U.S., some politician or pundit will proclaim that “this is the most important election in our lifetimes!” This news is often met with yawns by the weary public, even among those who bother to vote. But when a respected appellate court judge declares that a case pending before the U.S.

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New Congress, Two Beers In Podcast with Professor Matt Green

GAI | November 1, 2022

Gingrich Transforms the Party and Congress Professor Matt Green joins Laura and Josh to talk about his new book (with Jeff Crouch): Newt Gingrich: The Rise and Fall of a Party Entrepreneur.  Gingrich is contextualized in the ways he did -and didn’t- act as a congressional change agent.  

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | October 11, 2022

Dear Friends: Congress has adjourned until mid-November, when a packed lame duck session will get underway. In addition to critical pieces of unfinished business like extending federal funding past the current December 16 deadline and passing an FY23 National Defense Authorization Act, there will be a pile-up of other issues to handle. One

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