Sectarianism v. Civility

Nate Cohn at NYT: This threat to democracy has a name: sectarianism. It’s not a term usually used in discussions about American politics. It’s better known in the context of religious sectarianism — like the hostility between Sunnis and Shia in Iraq. Yet a growing...

Don’t Mess with CBO

Nan Swift at LegBranch.org: Senate Democrats, frustrated their increasingly costly agenda is hitting some speedbumps (also known as business as usual), are considering a novel—and dangerous—solution to their legislative logjam: sub out the Congressional Budget Office...

George W. Bush on Immigration

  George W. Bush at The Washington Post: The help and respect historically accorded to new arrivals is one reason so many people still aspire and wait to become Americans. So how is it that in a country more generous to new arrivals than any other, immigration...

Russian Disinformation

From the Treasury Department: Russian Intelligence Services, namely the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), play critical roles in propagating Russian disinformation online. The FSB, GRU,...

Supporting Democracy Abroad

Jan. 6 put American democratic weaknesses on display, and some critics quickly began to claim that America should no longer advocate for democracy abroad. Bush Institute Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow Nicole Bibbins Sedaca sits down with Christopher Walsh, the Bush...

The Ordinariness of Congress

 John F. Harris at Politico: “All parts of the Bell Curve of society are well represented,” one lawmaker told me, pondering the assortment of many dolts and at least a few deviates who count as colleagues. A senator observed that ambition and discipline count for a...