Courage and Self-Love

  In Profiles in Courage, JFK wrote: [W]hat then caused the statesmen mentioned in the preceding pages to act as they did? It was not because they “loved the public better than themselves.” On the contrary it was precisely because they did love themselves...

Fallen Journalists, COVID, and India

At The Guardian, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, as told to Sophie Zeldin-O’Neill: India is a huge, diverse country to cover and I’m indebted to the brilliant work of local journalists who have been on the ground, exposing the shortage of oxygen and beds and counting the...

“Aren’t You Embarrassed?”

Bryan Schott and Tony Semerad at The Salt Lake Tribune: Sen. Mitt Romney was lustily booed by the more than 2,100 Republican delegates who packed into the Maverik Center on Saturday for the party’s state convention.   “Aren’t you embarrassed?” said Romney trying...

Multiple-Measure Rules

At LegBranch.org, Scott Meinke notes that the House Rules Committee has been regularly issuing rules that combine provisions for considering two or more measures in a single resolution. These multiple-measures rules made up about a quarter of the rules issued in the...

Search for Common Ground

Kristen DelGuzzi at USA Today: More than a year ago  — before the pandemic, before two presidential impeachments, before the most divisive election in a generation, before the Capitol attack — we surveyed Americans about their thoughts on the lack of civility and...

Restoring Civil Debate

John Halpin at The Liberal Patriot: Is there any way for citizens to restore effective and non-maddening political debate? It won’t be easy to reverse these trends given the ideological and partisan takeover of most institutions. But here are a few ideas:...

House Rules Tighten

 Donald Wolfensberger at The Hill: As a denizen of the minority party during my first 26 years as a staffer in the House, I came to be quite an expert on majority party moves to counter minority party provocations. At one point, I even coined a bastardization of...