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How Post-Office Opportunities Lead to Congress’ Gridlock

Years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that leaving the US Senate to take over a policy thinktank and turn it political would have equated to a smart career move. But just last year, former Senator Jim DeMint did. DeMint – now the head of the Heritage Foundation – would have never be described as […]

Battle For FERC: Bad Politics Threaten Future Energy Security

Ron Binz, the once leading nominee to be the next Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced this morning he is formally withdrawing his name from future consideration. To be sure, Binz is a highly qualified candidate who has spent his entire career working on energy regulatory issues, and he would have brought needed […]

Commentary: Cornyn and Cruz were for immigration reform before they were against it

By a 82-15 vote, the Senate has taken up comprehensive immigration reform. Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised an “open as possible process” for amendments, which means creating a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants still hasn’t cleared two formidable roadblocks in Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who respectively are insisting upon a totally […]

Al Jazeera: The US Senate at work: Defeating background checks for gun purchases

Truman Project Fellow Joshua A Tucker discusses the flaws in the electoral process following the defeat of legislations for background checks for gun purchases. Earlier this week, the United States Senate failed to approve an amendment calling for stricter background checks on gun purchases. Much has been made of the fact that close to 90 percent of the […]

Christian right enforces GOP senators’ vote against UN disabilities treaty

“I couldn’t sleep at night if I were a senator and did not vote for this.” So said Steven Rothstein, a leading advocate for the disabled, to the Boston Globe on the eve of the US Senate vote to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Apparently, 38 Republican senators decided they’d rather lose sleep than lose their […]