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Raymond A. Smith

Raymond A. Smith, a PPI Senior Fellow, is an adjunct assistant professor of political science at Columbia University and New York University and an investigator in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the Columbia University Medical Center.

How Season 2 of “House of Cards” Murders the 25th Amendment

As the nation binges on Season 2 of “House of Cards,” we have witnessed ruthless House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) maneuver for the…

How Do Tea Parties End?

Just how close is the Tea Party to its demise? Last week, Fox News didn’t even bother airing the group’s official response to Barack Obama’s…

Washington Monthly: What If the US Had a Multiparty System Like Germany’s?

With the U.S. still barely recovered from to al partisan gridlock and political dysfunction, Germany has once again formed a “grand coalition” bringing together the two main center-right…

Washington Monthly: Nelson Mandela: (Almost) the Last of the Lions

The passing of Nelson Mandela marks nearly the end of the generation of great leaders who presided over the astonishing half-decade of 1989-1994, when the…

Our Odd Upper House: The U.S. Senate’s Peculiarities Don’t End With the Filibuster

The filibuster is back in the news, but that’s just one of the peculiarities that make the U.S. Senate perhaps the world’s oddest legislative chamber. When…

How Belgium Survived 20 Months Without a Government

If you think a few days of “government shutdown” in the U.S. is bad, consider that in 2010-2011, Belgium had a political crisis that prevented…

Immigration Reform and the Growing Asian-American Vote

The poor showing of the G.O.P. among Latino voters in 2012 is the political subtext for much of the immigration debate in Congress this week….

The History of Gubernatorial Senate Appointments

Including yesterday’s appointment of Jeffrey Chiesa, there have been 21 gubernatorial appointments to fill U.S. Senate seats since 1993 — nine resulting from deaths and…

Lautenberg’s Passing Highlights the Strangeness of Gubernatorial Appointments to the Senate

The latest vacancy in the U.S. Senate, created by the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, is a reminder of a rather obscure…

A Senatorial Centennial: How Congress Was Reshaped 100 Years Ago This Week

If you think that dysfunction and elitism in the U.S. Senate are now at an all-time high, then this is a good time to recall…