• 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.

  • Attack o the CapitolAn Eyewitness to the Capitol Siege

    By Niall Fitzgerald and Nolan Cleary

    Two journalists for the Long Island’s North Shore Leader were present on January 6th for the Electoral College reading to the Joint Session of the U.S. Congress, when they witnessed the Capitol Hill riotous protests. Several local North Shore residents also were present and have been interviewed. This is what the journalists report.

  • Attack o the CapitolDon’t Blame Fox News for the Attack on the Capitol

    By Ashique KhudaBukhsh,Mark Kamlet, and Tom Mitchell

    In the immediate aftermath of the 6 January assault on the Capitol, in a Trump-inspired effort by his supporters to prevent Congress from ratifying the rightful winner of the election, Fox News was criticized for “whipping up the radicals.” A close comparative study of post-election news coverage, however, shows that Fox News was restraint, and largely accurate, in its coverage, while three right-wing fringe networks – Newsmax, One America News Network (OANN), and Blaze TV – had a far bigger role in amplifying Trump’s disinformation and conspiracy theories about the election. The hyper-partisan coverage of election integrity provided by the three fringe networks – combined with the almost perfectly sealed echo chamber they had created for their viewers – makes them the more likely culprit for having riled up loyal Trump supporters.

  • ARGUMENT: Insurrection investigationNine Questions for the Capitol Insurrection Commission

    In the days since the Jan. 6 insurrection, calls have proliferated for a national commission to report on the riot and its attendant events. “The calls are understandable and worthy—though some hard thinking is needed before launching any investigation,” Daniel Byman and Benjamin Wittes write. There is “a lot of sense to a high-level and broad inquiry by an independent commission to explore and report on the multifaceted aspects of Jan. 6 that have nothing to do with impeachment or criminal conduct,” they write. They offer a list of at least some of the questions that any commission will need to consider.

  • PERSPECTIVE: Capitol siegeA Proposal for a Commission on the Capitol Siege

    On 6 January, the U.S. Capitol was assaulted and occupied for the first time since 1814. Five people were killed, including Brian Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who was beaten to death while attempting to repel the siege. Herb Lin and Amy Zegart write that the insurrectionists were ultimately unable to block the Congressional certification of Joseph Biden as president-elect and Kamala Harris as vice president-elect. “Accountability, healing, and national reconciliation are vital to restoring American democracy in the days ahead,” they write. “It is critical for the nation to conduct a systematic, thorough and bipartisan examination of this event to understand how it happened and how to prevent similar violent attacks on democratic processes in the future.”