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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | July 22, 2022

Dear Friends: If you’ve ever found yourself frantically trying to cross everything off your to-do list before heading out of town, you know how Congress is feeling right now. With only a handful of scheduled legislative days before the August recess, House and Senate leaders are looking for progress on key measures and hoping to

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The Presidency: Bending Institutions to Save Them? By Professor Julia Azari

GAI | July 22, 2022

By Professor Julia Azari, Marquette University   Presidential power is a bit at odds with democracy. Presidency scholars have noted this for years, suggesting that “greatness” is often uncomfortably close to the kind of norm-busting, authoritarian action that our constitution is supposed to avoid. Presidents also face a dilemma about who they represent.

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Rest In Peace Congressional Budget Process

Josh Huder | June 6, 2022

Sometime in the last ten years the congressional budget process died. The precise moment is hard to pinpoint because it is not totally – just mostly — dead. But today, only a hollow version of the process still exists. Partisan majorities pass shell budgets to trigger reconciliation in the hopes

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | June 6, 2022

Dear Friends, The first half of summer is always an intense time on Capitol Hill, and we are about to be in the thick of it. This week will bring a continued focus on gun violence in both chambers. The House will vote on a large package of gun safety measures this week, while

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