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President Donald Trump attacks what he calls the “witch hunt” by special counsel Robert Mueller virtually every day now.

Included in his Twitter outbursts are swipes at the Justice Department, the FBI, the intelligence community and, to a distressing extent, the mass media, suggesting these institutions of our democracy cannot be implicitly trusted.

Congress is doi...

Former Congressman John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, a skillful master of the arcane rules, procedures and precedents of the House of Representatives, once declared: "I'll let you write the substance ... you let me write the procedure, and I'll screw you every time."

President-elect Donald Trump is about to collide with the reali...

Republican senators will apparently reject any nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court selected by President Barack Obama. This is a bald-faced political act seeking partisan advantage which ignores Article II of the Constitution. Sadly, GOP leaders were so anxious to gain the acclaim of their own right wing that they surged into partisan combat only minutes after learn...

Andy Warhol famously asked, “Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?” Last month, the Republican House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), by my count, for the 57th time. This time there was a bit of a change. The Senate passed a similar bill.

Each time in the past, the repeal effort was met in the th...

British philosopher Bertrand Russell once described the “game of chicken” as “a sport … practiced by some youthful degenerates.” While I wouldn’t describe members of Congress as either, they appear headed for yet another game of chicken.

The highly polarized and partisan Congress has played this game repeatedly, with the shutdown of the government hanging in the ba...

Last month, the U.S. Senate defeated a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which is strongly opposed by environmentalists. The vote was 59 to 41. A clear majority supported the pipeline bill, which had been earlier passed in the House of Representatives with a bipartisan 252-161 vote.

Democrats have rediscovered the...

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University