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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."
Conference committees on Capitol Hill are vanishing, to the detriment of our democracy. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains that, "You Might Not Miss Conference Committees, But You Should"
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.
How should the U.S. respond to North Korea's recent provocations? Former Congressman Lee Hamilton addresses the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula.
The dramatic and far-reaching proposals that President Obama is sending to Capitol Hill call on Congress to set aside its less attractive habits of the last decade. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton wonders, "Is Congress Up to the Task Before It?"
The debate over who started the war between Georgia and Russia continues, but there is no doubt that Russia finished it. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton discusses the consequences of the peace.
The decision to go to war is the most serious decision a government can make, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. Its gravity demands cooperation between the executive and legislative branches.
It is time for Congress to start learning to re-assert itself as a policy-making branch of government. Former congressman Lee Hamilton suggests that with a new president due to take office soon, "Congress, Too, Can Set the Agenda."
The nuclear threat which characterized the Cold War belongs to that era says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. Diminishing the legacy of that threat is necessary so that the United States and Russia can focus on moving toward the formidable challenge of achieving a nuclear free world.
Secrecy in government breeds cynicism. That is why, former Congressman Lee Hamilton says, "Congress Needs to Embrace Transparency."