Just because we're in a recession, it doesn't mean that special interests have cut back on trying to woo Washington lawmakers. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says, "Even in an Economic Crisis, Follow the Money."
Polling shows that Americans care a great deal about the honesty of their representatives in Congress. Yet Congress allowed its ethics system to break down, and is only now starting to rebuild it.
This year's elections offer a chance for a fresh start for Congress, which badly needs one. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton lays out how to go about rebuilding Congress.
With Congress and the White House in the hands of the same party, this is a distressing time to see massive cutbacks at news organizations. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains that this is because "Effective Oversight Requires An Effective Press."
The transatlantic relationship requires constant attention and tending, writes former Congressman Lee Hamilton. If we have a strong partner in Europe we stand a much better chance of achieving our shared goals.
True change in Washington will require an engaged citizenry. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton lays out what he considers to be the tenets to accomplishing it.
Recent polling shows that most Americans feel that members of Congress aren't interested in what they think. This is alarming, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton, because "Good Communication Anchors Our Democracy."
Changes in how Congress operates have made it a less open, fair and democratic institution. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton worries that it may now be too late to change, and wonders, "Is Fixing Congressional Procedure a Lost Cause?"
Watching Congress can be frustrating for many Americans, who wonder why it takes so long to resolve things. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says that you have to know how to understand Congress.
Many Americans don't realize that on Capitol Hill, your party's status as the majority or minority can affect everything from the rooms you meet in to whether you can offer an amendment to a bill. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains what underlies the intense partisanship in Congress.