The Monkey Cage: Congress


Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 04/09/2014

The Homebound “Imperial Presidency”

Charges on an “imperial presidency” usually center on war and foreign policy - but the newest charges are all about the domestic front.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  09:44 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, executive orders, Presidency, unilateralism

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Gridlock is bad. The alternative is worse.

The only thing worse than gridlocked political parties that can’t enact their agenda? Unfettered parties that can.

By Morris P. Fiorina  |  08:24 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, gridlock, Polarization, reform

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Polarization in Congress has risen sharply. Where is it going next?

The weather forecast calls for cooling. This polarization forecast? Not so much.

By Christopher Hare, Keith T. Poole and and Howard Rosenthal  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Polarization

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/06/2014

House Republicans do not need Jesus Christ as their speaker

John Boehner appears to be doing just fine, thank you.

By John Sides  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 02/06/2014

Why bill success is a lousy way to keep score in Congress

Figuring out who really wrote a law in Congress is not as simple as it seems, as new methods in the study of text-as-data demonstrate.

By John Wilkerson, Nick Stramp and and David Smith  |  08:58 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, text as data

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/29/2014

How the partial death of the filibuster will shape the federal courts

How will the partial death of judicial filibusters affect the composition of the federal courts? New research sheds light on the potential impact of the Senate’s nuclear move.

By Sarah Binder  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, filibuster, Senate

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 01/24/2014

The two key factors behind our polarized politics

A different policy debate and a crucial realignment have pulled us apart.

By Jeff Stonecash  |  07:31 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Issues, Polarization

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Our politics may be polarized. But that’s nothing new.

HIstorical data show that polarization is the norm in American politics.

By David W. Brady and Hahrie Han  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  APSA, Congress, DW-Nominate, Polarization

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014

How ideological activists constructed our polarized parties

Intellectuals and activists created modern liberalism and conservatism. Then the parties followed suit.

By Hans Noel  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, conservatives, ideology, liberals, Polarization

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Polarization we can live with. Partisan warfare is the problem.

Comparing John Cornyn to Ted Cruz illustrates what’s wrong with Congress.

By Sean Theriault  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Polarization

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Congress in the rearview mirror

Is there political gridlock in Congress, or are we holding it to the wrong standards of legislative output?

By Sarah Binder  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2013

‘Dead Love’: The week in one song

The GOP and outside conservative groups: Six feet under in love?

By Christopher Federico  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, The Week in One Song

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

What the emerging budget deal means (and doesn’t mean) for Congress

What the emerging budget deal means (and doesn’t mean) for Congress. The jury is still out on whether the bipartisan accord portends less gridlock.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 11/24/2013

Fate of the filibuster in a post-nuclear Senate

Why did the Democrats go nuclear and with what consequence for the future of the filibuster?

By Sarah Binder  |  02:03 PM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, filibuster

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 11/23/2013

Why eliminating the filibuster altogether would matter less than you think

Simulated models of past Congresses show that if the filibuster had never existed, some -- but not much -- more legislation might have been passed.

By Adam Ramey  |  01:27 PM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Legislative Politics

Posted at 10:28 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Will Senate Democrats go nuclear?

Senate Democrats argue that some filibusters are acceptable while others are beyond the pale. Can they have it both ways?

By Sarah Binder  |  10:28 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, judges

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Polls say ENDA has majority support in every congressional district

And there’s a nifty interactive district-by-district map.

By Andrew Gelman  |  03:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, ENDA, Gay rights, MRP

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Ronnie White has been renominated: Third time’s a charm?

Will former judge Ronnie White-- recently nominated to the federal bench for a third time-- manage to escape the new wars of advice and consent? Probably not.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013

What Senate cloture votes tell us about obstruction

Glenn Kessler discounts cloture motions as a proxy for measuring obstruction in the Senate. I disagree.

By Sarah Binder  |  01:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Will nuclear winter come to the Senate this fall?

Will Democrats go nuclear over new GOP filibusters of favored nominees?

By Sarah Binder  |  02:56 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Republicans on track to retain control of House in 2014

A historically-based forecast using the generic congressional ballot suggests that the Republicans will retain control of the House in 2014.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, Congress, Elections, forecasting

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Republicans were for the shutdown deal before they voted against it

They are not all the ideologues they sometimes play on TV.

By David Karol  |  01:04 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Position-Taking, Republicans, Shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013

The speaker’s most loyal troopers

A quick look at the Republican lawmakers who crossed the aisle to open the government and forestall default.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Deal-making in a polarized Congress

Congress can make deals in polarized times, but it’s not a pretty sight.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:19 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Overcoming the violence of faction

The Framers worried about factions and anarchy: what’s old is new again.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  01:45 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Constitution, Debt ceiling

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 10/13/2013

Reality check: ‘Gephardt Rule’ alone can’t fix the debt limit crisis

Reinstating the “Gephardt Rule” is unlikely to resolve the current partisan impasse over raising the debt ceiling.

By Sarah Binder  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Can the president save Congress from itself?

Presidential unilateralism could set a troubling precedent - but will Obama have a choice?

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  03:52 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Debt ceiling, Presidency

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 10/08/2013

The mythical moderates?

Until recently, moderate Republicans had succeeded in flying under the radar during the shutdown crisis.

By David Karol  |  11:28 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Moderate Republicans, Party Loyalty, Position-Taking, Shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Dis-charge! Historical data and prospects for success.

Democrats took first steps towards discharging the “CR,” but historical data and contemporary dynamics still suggest an uphill battle.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013

The 5 species of House Republicans

A typology of House Republicans shows the challenges facing Boehner, and a potential way forward.

By Matthew Green  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Governing from the Monkey Cage, discharge rule edition

Many readers say that I prematurely dismissed the power of the discharge rule. Back in the procedural weeds we go.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Why the discharge rule won’t help Democrats on the CR

The House discharge rule provides no cure-all for ending the impasse over the CR.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:36 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Why don’t Republicans want to play more CR Ping-Pong?

How will the impasse over funding the government be resolved? House leaders want to put away their Ping-Pong paddles.

By Sarah Binder  |  03:36 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 09/27/2013

How Boehner, like Moses, could part the Red Sea

A little House arithmetic makes plain the challenge facing Speaker Boehner as he seeks a path to avoid triggering a government shutdown.

By Sarah Binder  |  06:34 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Why the debt limit doomsayers might be wrong

Lawmakers can make a deal even if there is no shared shared policy ground between the parties.

By Sarah Binder  |  10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress