U.S. House Speaker John Boehner presides over a joint session of Congress in Washington(REUTERS/Jason Reed).


Boehner's departure won’t bring about change

September 30, 2015, Sarah A. Binder

John Boehner’s departure will have a mixed impact on the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • In the News

    The cultural generation gap is not just politics, it has to do with social distance between the older and younger generations.

    April 16, 2015, William H. Frey, Vox
  • Podcast

    Thomas Mann on Our Dysfunctional Politics and the Road to 2016

    November 21, 2014, Thomas E. Mann and Fred Dews

  • In the News

    There is a danger in allowing the [Venezuelan] military, which has the greatest ability to coerce people, into business like they have. This is a significant obstacle to reform.

    August 12, 2014, Harold Trinkunas, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    Today, committees have lost much of their autonomy to party leaders. As a result, investigations are often used in periods of divided government as a partisan tool to club the administration and its supporters. More often than not, committee investigations become arenas for majority party “message politics” — contests designed to score political points rather than to identify problems or to generate solutions that can garner bipartisan support. The higher the partisanship in Congress, the lower its committees seem to fall.

    May 9, 2013, Sarah A. Binder, New York Times
  • In the News

    Sadly, divided party government, which we have because of the Republican House, in a time of extreme partisan polarization, is a formula for inaction and absolutist opposition politics, not for problem solving.

    April 26, 2013, Thomas E. Mann, Moyers & Company
  • Interview | Moyers & Company

    Why Congress is Failing Us

    April 26, 2013, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

  • In the News

    Ironically, Obama tried harder and longer than the results merited to work cooperatively with Republicans in Congress. He has learned painfully that his public embrace of a policy virtually ensures Republican opposition and that intensive negotiations with Republican leaders are likely to lead to a dead end. No bourbon and branch-water laced meetings with Republicans in Congress or pre-emptive compromises with them will induce cooperative behavior.

    March 6, 2013, Thomas E. Mann, U.S. News & World Report
  • In the News

    [Obama's tone of his ’08 campaign] hasn’t worked very well, but this is the moment to go back to it, because if he doesn’t, he dooms the rest of his term to squabbling with the Republicans.

    February 11, 2013, Alice M. Rivlin, The Daily Beast
  • Interview | Tunisia Live

    Political Islam in Tunisia: A Discussion with Shadi Hamid

    February 8, 2013, Shadi Hamid

  • In the News

    [America] has moved so very quickly from the broad argument of the campaign to the great difficulty of governing under a deadline.

    November 28, 2012, E.J. Dionne, Jr., New Haven Register

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