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The Problem (Hint: It’s Politicians) A recent study from the Program for Public Consultation and Voice of the People suggests that Americans, regardless of the political leanings of the districts in which they live, largely agree on how our nation […]
I try not to drag public figures’ families into the news. Some spouses, children, and other family members don’t crave the spotlight. More importantly, spotlighting them can become privacy and safety issues. But when family members insist on becoming the […]
Sarah Despres — who served as counsel for the Democratic staff of the House Government Reform Committee working on public health issues — writes “measles is back.” You read that correctly. “Just this month,” the former Henry Waxman staffer reports, […]
The inability of Congress to accomplish anything useful—even in the face of a federal government shutdown and an impending default on our country’s debt—has so far cost the U.S. economy about $20 billion in gross domestic product, according to Mark […]
On Thursday, House Republicans agreed (with each other, at least, which is a start!) on a plan that does little more than kick the budget/deficit/shutdown can down the road a little further. Their grand plan was to extend the debt limit […]
As the federal government shutdown lurches toward the end of its first week, Congress hits an all-time low with approval ratings. A recent CNN/ORC International poll indicates that just 10% of Americans are happy with the job that Congress is […]
Is it Congress’ recent lack of progress on important legislation like tax reform, immigration reform, and a meaningful Farm Bill? Is it their seeming impotence in the face of the IRS scandals: targeting conservative groups and (ironically!) wanton fiscal irresponsibility? […]