Rewriting the Rules of Presidential Succession

A project begun after 9/11 assumes new urgency after the 2016 election—creating a more sensible plan for what happens when a chief executive steps aside.

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Steven Mnuchin Wants You to See The LEGO Batman Movie

The Treasury Secretary may have violated federal ethics rules when he endorsed the film he executive produced.


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The Road to Government Reform Is Filled With Landmines

Our institutions were created for a different era, but the moment is ripe for change.

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Why Bureaucrats Matter in the Fight to Preserve the Rule Of Law

Officials who defy illegitimate orders must logically always be the exceptions to a general rule of obeying orders, lest the very meaning of their defiance evaporate.

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Advice to Feds: It’s Time to Update Your Resumes

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The White House Dismisses Reports of Possible Russian Collusion

Press Secretary Sean Spicer pushed back against CNN’s claim that the FBI has information suggesting Trump associates and Russia may have worked together to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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Senators pledge bipartisan legislation reforming the civilian personnel system.

White House Plans Advance Disclosure of Its Own Appointees' Financial Forms

New portal will allow public access to Office of Government Ethics forms.

Postal Service Asks Its Regulator to Stop Regulating Its Prices

Detractors say third-party must shield consumers from government-protected monopoly.

GSA Finds No Fault With Trump's Washington Luxury Hotel Lease

Conflict of interest charges for Old Post Office are "simplistic," contracting officer concludes.


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