Aversive Partisanship

Aversive partisanship (aka negative partisanship) is a threat to civility and civil society. Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux at FiveThirtyEight: Four years ago, Lilliana Mason learned something she really, really hoped wasn’t true. A political scientist who...

Medal for Fallen Journalists

Morgan Gstalter at The HIll: Nearly all of the members of Maryland’s congressional delegation signed a letter to President Biden on Thursday asking him to posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the five people killed in the Capital Gazette newsroom...

Bipartisan Bills

From Axios: Some 70% of bills enacted in the last Congress had at least one Republican and one Democrat co-sponsor, highlighting the need for bipartisanship to get things done under current House and Senate rules, according to data from Quorum provided to Axios’...

Event Today on Modernizing Congress

Claremont McKenna College and AEI have an event today at 8 AM Pacific: Last December, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed that a temporary committee created to make Congress “more effective, efficient, and transparent” would continue its work through 2023. Organized...

Navalny

From the Committee to Protect Journalists: New York, January 26, 2021 – Russian authorities should allow journalists to cover protests freely and without fear, and refrain from attacking or detaining members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

A Farewell to Amendatory MTRs

Patrick Ramjug at LegBranch.org: says that two types of motions to recommit (MTRs) on the House floor: the rare “simple” MTR sends the bill back to the reporting committee, effectively killing it. The “amendatory” MTR is akin to an eleventh-hour amendment to the bill...