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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | January 9, 2020

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a restful holiday because January is not going to be easing us into 2020 gently. For Capitol Hill watchers, this month will be full of intrigue. While Speaker Pelosi continues to hold on to the House impeachment articles passed in December, indications are that

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The Long Shadow of 2010

Laura Blessing | January 9, 2020

The dawning of a new decade brings the expected retrospectives. While algorithms compute our most listened-to songs and pundits connect the latest torrential news cycle to a loose historical pattern, finding the signal amidst the noise can be elusive.  Periodization schemes can be difficult to pin down.  But arguably, a decade is precisely the right

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | December 5, 2019

Dear Friends, While December is often a chaotic sprint on Capitol Hill, this year promises to be more intense and unpredictable than ever. Unfortunately, by now we’ve gotten used to holding our collective breath through year-end congressional wrangling over spending bills. True to form, the clock is ticking on a December 20 deadline to approve

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National Security Oversight: Still a Man’s World

Katina Slavkova | December 5, 2019

Women’s representation has made significant gains in politics. Women are major contenders for the Presidency and are increasingly winning office at the national, state, and local levels. Women comprising a quarter of Congress may be small in an absolute sense, but it is truly historic. Yet within the legislative branch, that influence is not felt

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