Category Archives: The Congress

What’s in a Name?

It has been just over one week since the start of the military conflict in Libya.  The US took a lead role providing strategic and tactical support that our country’s top military leaders consider America uniquely capable of providing.  Now, we … Continue reading

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The Ties That (Put Us in A) Bind

With my recent focus on the likely contenders in the 2012 presidential election, I got to thinking about that American institution that some of us love to hate around election time—the Electoral College.  The body was established in Article II, … Continue reading

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Mr. Speaker! The President of the United States!

Tonight, with these words, the president will enter the chamber of the House of Representatives to deliver his annual State of the Union address.  As with other things in our democracy, the media have given the speech a more ceremonial … Continue reading

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Reshaping The Political Geography

One result of last month’s midterm election that has not been talked about much is its effect on congressional reapportionment and redistricting.  It is one of the consequences that made the election significant, but it was mostly lost in the … Continue reading

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This Duck Isn’t Quite Dead

The lame duck session of the 111th Congress began November 16th.  Lame duck sessions of Congress are the sessions that take place after an election takes place, but before the new Congress begins.  They are so named because like a … Continue reading

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The Results We Know

Election Day 2010 has come and gone.  Here’s what we know now: The GOP won control of the House of Representatives.  All of the races have not been called, but Republicans have gained at least 61 seats and the House … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Improving Congress

Disclaimer:  I wrote this a few weeks ago as part of a competition sponsored by The Washington Post.  Over 1,400 people entered the contest, but only 10 finalists were selected.  I didn’t make the cut (top 0.7%), so I decided … Continue reading

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