Usually talk of fixing Congress zooms in on the Senate and its notorious filibuster. But the former House parliamentarian believes that abuse of House rules has also fueled the increase in partisanship and legislative gridlock that has stymied Congress.
Harry Reid's recent vow to reform the filibuster has cheered advocates for procedural reform. But there remains a question: Which reforms, exactly, would he support?
Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann caused a stir earlier this year when they singled out Republicans as the root cause of congressional gridlock. But their authority as non-partisan, scholarly observers of Washington hasn't earned them much of an audience with the purported culprits. While the GOP might not listen to them, Ornstein believes it will take heed from another outside force: the market.
California's fiscal woes grabbed headlines this week when San Bernadino became the third town in the state to file for bankruptcy less than a month. But each town got mired in debt for distinctly different reasons. And their problems don't seem to be heralding a fiscal apocalypse for local governments across the nation.
Every year, world leaders meet at climate conferences and hash out agreements that mean nothing. A new paper suggests a very different strategy for the world to meet its global-warming goals.
Don't panic yet: Some health care experts think Obamacare could survive just fine without an individual mandate.