• ARGUMENT: GUARDING DEMOCRACYHow Jan. 6 Committee Staffers Have Filled in the Blanks

    According to Tucker Carlson, the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was not an attempted putsch but instead “mostly peaceful chaos.” Quinta Jurecic writes that the Fox News host’s revisionist take on Jan. 6 has so far received widespread condemnation, and that among the voices criticizing Carlson’s attempted rewriting of history have been staffers formerly on the Jan. 6 committee.

  • IMMIGRATIONPolitical Division Prolongs the Immigration Crisis: Report

    The U.S. immigration system is slow and stymied by politics, but the border crisis represents an opportunity to address gaps in the American labor market, according to a new report.

  • SECTION 702Lawmakers: “Clean Reauthorization” of Surveillance Authorities a “Nonstarter”

    By Jeff Seldin

    Key U.S. lawmakers are warning the country’s top intelligence officials that they could soon find themselves without a much-talked-about surveillance authority unless their agencies are able to prove they can be trusted.

  • OVERSIGHTWhy Church Committee Alums Urged New House Panel to Avoid Partisanship

    By Christina Pazzanese

    The bipartisan Church Committee of the mid-1970s was created in the wake of New York Times stories on intelligence abuses by the CIA targeting American dissidents. It uncovered decades of intelligence and Civil Rights abuses by the FBI, CIA, and the NSA, and led to sweeping oversight reforms. House Republicans this month launched a House Judiciary subcommittee to look into the “weaponization” of the federal government. It would be a good idea to follow the bipartisan – and non-partisan — example of the Church Committee. 

  • WEAPONIZING THE GOVERNMENTThe Weaponization of the Federal Government Has a Long History

    By Ken Hughes

    The House Republicans have created a “Select Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government,” which should be an occasion for revisiting a classic of that power-abusing genre, featuring its greatest star, Richard Nixon. There were others. Congress has the power, even the obligation, to unearth and eliminate government weaponization. But if the subcommittee abuses its power for partisan ends, it will merely be an example of the problem it’s supposed to solve.

  • CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONSFive Key House Republican Investigations

    By Masood Farivar

    As they assume their role as the majority party in the House, Republicans are vowing to forge ahead with long-promised investigations of the Biden administration. Republicans say that these investigations are not payback for the Democratic-led investigation of former President Donald Trump, but nothing more than exercising their oversight responsibility to hold the administration accountable.

  • CAPITOL SECURITYU.S. Capitol Police Chief Highlights Improvements Capitol Security

    During the last two years, the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) has been working around the clock to implement more than 100 significant improvements. “Today we are clearly better off than we were before the January 6 attack,” USCP chief says.

  • ARGUMENT: CONTENT MODERARIONContent Moderation Sacrificed in Left-Right Deals on Tech Reform

    With time running out on the lame-duck Congress, tech reformers are pushing for votes on a package of bills that stalled over the summer. Three bills—the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA), the Open App Markets Act (OAMA), and the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA)—would write special competition rules for large tech companies in ways that could fundamentally change how tech platforms moderate content like hate speech, disinformation, and incitement to violence.

  • IMMIGRATIONAnalysts Don't Expect Significant Changes in Immigration Policy After the Midterms

    By Aline Barros

    Despite the record influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and a shortage of workers in the United States, experts believe immigration policy will remain unchanged after the midterm elections.

  • RESILIENCEAt-Risk Communities to Invest in Disaster Mitigation Projects

    Bipartisan legislation to make permanent FEMA National Risk Index (NRI), an online tool that utilizes data to identify communities that are most vulnerable to natural disasters, has advanced in the Senate. The bill would require FEMA to use data from the NRI, or a similar tool, o designate the communities across the nation that are most in need of mitigation projects – and help them access federal funding and support to plan for mitigation and resilience projects.

  • ImmigrationDemocrats Wand to Use Budget Proposal to Legalize Undocumented Immigrants

    By Aline Barros

    Democrats will try to use the budget proposal – and the reconciliation process — to provide a direct pathway to legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants in America. The details of the measure have not yet been released, and passage is far from certain, as there are many political and procedural hurdles to overcome.

  • InsurrectionWhy a Commission Should Investigate the U.S. Capitol Attack

    By Bruce Hoffman

    Far too little is known about how the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol happened. A bipartisan investigation should address this, to dispel falsehoods and to help prevent such an assault from happening again.

  • InsurrectionFormer National Security Officials Call for a 9/11 Commission-Like investigation of the Attack on the Capitol

    More than a hundred former senior national security, military, and elected officials, both Republicans and Democrats, have called on lawmakers to form an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. “We write to encourage this Congress to establish an independent and bipartisan national commission to investigate the January 6th assault of the U.S. Capitol Complex and its direct causes, and to make recommendations to prevent future assaults and strengthen the resilience of our democratic institutions,” the letter, which was signed by 140 officials, read.

  • Domestic terrorism“Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act” Gains Steam

    By Patrick G. Eddington

    Congress should avoid a repetition of the PATRIOT Act debacle and not legislate in this area until existing investigations into the Capitol Insurrection have run their course and we have the full facts about how it happened, who was involved, and why the response to the insurrection was so slow and fragmented. A quick, fear‐driven legislative response will only make things worse.

  • Extremism46,218 News Transcripts Show Ideologically Extreme Politicians Get More Airtime

    By Joshua P. Darr, Jeremy Padgett, and Johanna Dunaway

    We research how changes in the media have shifted the incentives of elected officials and the considerations of voters, and what that means for American democracy. In recent work, we showed that extremely conservative and extremely liberal legislators receive far more airtime on cable and broadcast news than their moderate counterparts. Robust local news outlets once held legislators to account by covering whether they delivered for their districts. But as local news has declined, voters are turning to national media outlets for their political news. There, ideological outliers now set the tone of the debate, distorting perceptions of the important issues and warping Americans’ views of their political options.