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Where Government is Working

With the federal government in gridlock, cities step into the breach. Welcome to New Orleans, city of the future. Wait, New Orleans? The decadent old…

Sens. Johnson, Crapo On The Right Track to Housing Reform

The housing sector is one of the pillars of the U.S. economy. That’s why we have marveled at the many partisan and radical proposals to…

Protecting the Environment for Innovation: A Regulatory Improvement Commission

A Regulatory Improvement Commission would solve the issue of regulatory accumulation, the layering on year after year, of new rules atop old ones. The fundamental…

SCOTUS on Voting Rights: It had to happen sometime

Many liberals are outraged over this week’s Supreme Court decision striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act. They’re accusing the Court’s conservative majority of dissing Martin Luther…

A Test of Republican Loyalties

How much do congressional Republicans hate Obamacare? How determined are they to see it fail? We may soon find out. For the first time, a…

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…

Already, The Most Unproductive Congress Ever

At the end of 2012, the 112th Congress went down in history as the most unproductive ever. During 2011-2012, Congress passed a mere 283 laws…

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…