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Attempting to oust the Speaker of the House offers short-term nothing for long-term discomfort

Josh Huder | September 17, 2020

Reports emerged yesterday of a plan among House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members to oust Speaker Pelosi via a “motion to vacate the chair.” This motion has been a more frequent political tool recently. In 2015, the HFC used it against Speaker Boehner and threatened to do so again against Speaker Ryan in 2018 as a discharge petition to

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | September 8, 2020

Dear Friends, How did that happen? It’s suddenly September, and summer is receding into the rearview as we gear up for an unpredictable fall. I hope all of you were able to grab small moments of fun, family, relaxation, and whatever else you need to meet the challenges to come. I hope members of Congress

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Social Movements and Policy Change

Laura Blessing | September 8, 2020

How should we understand the fire this time?  In the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, a movement has re-ignited for civil rights in general and against police brutality specifically.  August 28 saw a March on Washington, 57 years after the original march with MLK’s famous “I have a dream” speech to crowds

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Congress, its power, and the filibuster

Josh Huder | September 4, 2020

Josh and Matt talk with Josh Chafetz, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, to talk Congress, its power, and the potential for filibuster reform in the Senate.

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