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Dollars and Census

December 1, 2007 The national head count is about more than people-it's also about federal money and power. The decennial census, our national head count, might seem like the most apolitical of exercises. Over time, though, it has emerged as anything but-there's simply too much federal money and power at stake. Among other ...

Get Real

September 1, 2007 The politicization of the U.S. Attorney's Office happened long before the Bush administration. On June 25, the Senate welcomed its 100th member, Wyoming's John Barrasso. He had been appointed to a vacancy by Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a former U.S. attorney, after being selected from a pool of prospective candidates that ...

The No Surprises Rule

July 1, 2007 In the 110th Congress, oversight is about more than oversight. When Congress left town for its Memorial Day recess, Republicans found the occasion a useful opportunity to highlight the paucity of legislative accomplishment by the new Democratic majority. "The first five months of the 110th Congress have been marked by ...

Getting Up to Speed

June 1, 2007 Candidates find the new pace of earlier primaries demands quicker promises. If it seems to you that the 2008 presidential race has started far earlier than usual, you're right. Candidates have raised more money at a faster pace at an earlier time than in the past, and more states are ...

What’s in a Name?

May 1, 2007 Democrats recast committee titles to signal a new era. The House panel that oversees U.S. relations with foreign nations dates back to the Continental Congress in 1775. It was first known as the Committee of Correspondence, then the Committee of Secret Correspondence, before Congress finally settled on calling it the ...

Immigration Redux

April 1, 2007 Case of imprisoned Border Control agents returns issue to forefront. Judging from the results of the November 2006 election, the politics of immigration policy turned out to be a bust. But just when it appeared the issue had lost its political salience, the controversial case of two imprisoned Border Patrol ...

A Lot to Learn

March 1, 2007 The new Democratic majority must avoid making rookie mistakes. On occasion, a politician will commit a gaffe so damaging that it jeopardizes his reelection prospects and requires a public apology. In freshman Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen's case, that moment came within weeks of his swearing-in. According to an account in ...

Transfer of Power

February 1, 2007 Outsider states become insiders in the 110th Congress. For much of the last century, under both Democratic and Republican rule, Texas has been a congressional powerhouse. The state has sent three Democratic House speakers to Washington, two Republican House majority leaders and numerous other powerful, longtime committee chairmen. Three Texans ...

A Last-Minute Save

January 1, 2007 By rescuing the Medicare drug benefit, agency chiefs prevented 2006 from being even worse for the GOP. When Congress passed the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in November 2003, Republican strategists viewed it as a politically transformative event, perhaps the first step toward a "permanent majority." The way they ...

Pelosi’s Posse Targets Bush

December 1, 2006 Department chiefs can expect rough going on the Hill. Forty-one freshmen House Democrats swept into Congress on Election Day, more than twice as many as elected in the classes of 2002 and 2004. The Senate has eight new Democrats, four times as many as in 2004. By and large, the ...