ex-political scientist (Swarthmore, Bennington) hired at The Christian Science Monitor as an experiment. must have worked. still there.

Senator's one small step toward bridging Congress's massive divide: trust

csmonitor.com — Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander looked like he was going to 'play hardball' with Democrats and force them to accept his new education bill. Then, he didn't. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) of Tennessee has done something unexpected and, by the measure of Washington politics, somewhat remarkable. He has agreed to take a breath, legislatively speaking.

ABLE Act shows how Congress can get work done - and how hard it is

csmonitor.com — Congress is beset by partisanship that has made it virtually impossible to get much done. But the ABLE ACT, which passed at the end of the last Congress and helps children with disabilities, could serve as a model. The examples that suggest that Washington bipartisanship might be broken beyond repair are generally as close as the evening news.

Why Obama's 'dead on arrival' budget isn't such a bad thing after all (+video)

csmonitor.com — Requiring the president and Congress to present public estimates of revenue and spending, debt and deficits, and for Congress to vote on them, is one of the distinguishing strengths of US democracy. Of great concern, however, are possible changes to the Congressional Budget Office.

Why a 'dead on arrival' budget isn't such a bad thing after all

csmonitor.com — Requiring the president and Congress to present public estimates of revenue and spending, debt and deficits, and for Congress to vote on them, is one of the distinguishing strengths of US democracy. Of great concern, however, are possible changes to the Congressional Budget Office.

So you think you know Congress? Take our quiz.

csmonitor.com — With job approval ratings in single digits, Congress is at record lows in public opinion. Is it because the nation's lawmakers are truly performing badly? Or is the institution - viewed by Founding Fathers as the preeminent branch - maligned and misunderstood? See how much you know about the Congress.

Loretta Lynch hearing: Why all those red suits in the crowd? (+video)

csmonitor.com — Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for US attorney general, put on a master class in poise at Wednesday's confirmation hearing. It's a political style that her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters, there to support her, recognize and applaud.

Loretta Lynch hearing: Why all those red suits in the crowd?

csmonitor.com — Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for US attorney general, put on a master class in poise at Wednesday's confirmation hearing. It's a political style that her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters, there to support her, recognize and applaud.

Loretta Lynch hearing: who the crimson and cream were in the crowd

csmonitor.com — Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for US attorney general, put on a master class in poise at Wednesday's confirmation hearing. It's a political style that her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters, there to support her, recognize and applaud.

How Election 2014 humbled the high priests of American politics

csmonitor.com — Washington's political class - armed with tons of big data - took a beating in the midterm elections. In several ways, that could be a good thing for American democracy. The big losers in this month's midterm elections weren't only Democrats. The permanent political class - bristling with big money and big data - also failed to deliver.

How can Congress fix itself? It should stop trying to fix itself.

csmonitor.com — Congress has tried to reform itself in the past, usually with good intentions. But few are impressed with the results. That speaks to a need to acknowledge how Congress works. One of Congress's big problems is that it is more ethical and transparent than most American businesses.
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