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.
Feb 13, 2015

two senators to watch: Senator's one small step toward bridging Congress's massive divide: trust csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

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.
Feb 09, 2015

when congress is broken, it's obvious. it's not as dramatic when it functions. ABLE Act shows how Congress can work csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

Feb 10, 2015

The journey of the #ABLEact shows how hard it is for Congress to work together – even on 'no-duh' legislation. csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

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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.
Feb 02, 2015

Why a 'dead on arrival' budget isn't such a bad thing after all csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

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.
Jan 29, 2015

Nice Gail Chaddock story about "all those red suits" in the room at the #LorettaLynch hearing: csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

Jan 30, 2015

Grt stry on sisters frm #LorettaLynch's historically black sorority who showed up in red + in force at Senate hearing csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

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.
Jan 29, 2015

6 degrees of separation? try 2. #Loretta Lynch hearing and @DSTinc1913: who the crimson and cream were in the crowd. csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

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.
Nov 24, 2014

How Election 2014 humbled the high priests of American politics csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @RussellChaddock: How Election 2014 humbled the high priests of American politics csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

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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Jul 30, 2015

another blue moon info piece. can't have enough of these. Blue moon: Five amazing facts csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0…

Jul 30, 2015

almost as cool as pluto, not so far away: Blue moon: What is a blue moon and where can you see it? (+video) csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0…

Jul 29, 2015

Moving beyond suspicion, Muslims and Evangelicals seek common ground csmonitor.com/USA/Society/20…

Jul 29, 2015

Yes, red states are attracting blue-state voters. But they don't stay red. csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/P….?cmpid=addthis_twitter

Jul 28, 2015

and then there were 10 .... Best kept secret: How exactly will Fox winnow GOP debate field? csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2…

Jul 28, 2015

Why Boy Scouts stance on gay leaders leaves it in limbo (+video) csmonitor.com/USA/Society/20…

Jul 24, 2015

Dave Espo: got it first, got it right, had a heart for the work. will be missed. Espo Retires shar.es/1swycj via @sharethis

Jul 23, 2015

read this. read it now. John McCain's air war over Vietnam. And mine. csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2…

Jul 23, 2015

The big stumbling block in US-Cuba relations – and how it might be fixed (Was Panama Canal bridge too far?) csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Po…

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