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 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    August 7, 2014

Incumbant candidates have unfair advantage

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for...

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    June 19, 2014

What our country needs from the press

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as...

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    May 15, 2014

The justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and...

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    April 24, 2014

Government as innovator? You bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that, but in this case they’re wrong....

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    April 3, 2014

Fixing Congress: Process changes needed

These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproduct...


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