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Civility, Society, and Politics:Is There a Problem?

Remarks from a Drake University-Woodrow Wilson Center Seminar, September 19, 2007

President’s ‘Recess’ Picks Set Dangerous Path

President Barack Obama made a controversial move in early January by making four recess appointments to fill vacancies in top government positions, even though Congress was intentionally avoiding long recesses to block such a move. While the recess ploy may score political points by highlighting Senate delays in approving nominations, it is straining constitutional bounds and inter-branch relations.

How Much Did the Yanks Really Split From the Brits in 1776?

July 2, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Fast-Track Funding Bills Always Hard to Derail

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress agreed in October to fund the government for six more months rather than suffer the political consequences of a government shutdown. While outrage over the killing of U.S. personnel in Libya threatened to derail the agreeement, pressures to adjourn for election campaigns prevailed.

Point of View: Congress and Change

The Wilson Center's Don Wolfensberger, former chief of staff of the House Rules Committee, reflects on the fate of well-intentioned congressional reforms.

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