The House: The History of the House of Representatives

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Harper Perennial #ad - The essential drama of democracy—the struggle between principle and pragmatism—is showcased throughout the book, and through it the history of America's successful experiment with democracy unfurls. In this incomparable single-volume history, distinguished historian Robert V. Throughout america's history, the House has played a central role in shaping the nation's destiny.

Remini traces the institution from a struggling, nascent body to the venerable powerhouse it has become since America's rise on the world stage.

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The PARTISAN DIVIDE: Congress in Crisis

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FastPencil Premiere #ad - The partisan divide: congress in Crisis is a smart book that asks the right questions and offers some intriguing solutions. President bill clintonduring their 40 years in congress, Martin Frost and Tom Davis were the field generals for their respective parties, each serving two terms as chair of the Democratic and Republican House campaign committees.

In their powerful insiders’ account of the road into political gridlock, readers will find both the full extent of the problem and new possibilities for a way out. Nancy pelosi, democratic leader and 60th speaker of the house"this book by two veteran politicians — one a Democrat and one a Republican — shows just how broken our political system is and how difficult it is going to be to get it back on track.

The PARTISAN DIVIDE: Congress in Crisis #ad - Bob schieffer, moderator of Face the Nation and Chief Washington Correspondent CBS News. Now they have joined forces — along with columnist Richard Cohen — in an effort to save Congress from itself. According to the authors, Congress is incapable of reforming itself without a good kick in the seat from the American public.

Martin frost and tom davis are uniquely qualified to examine how constant conflict in Washington keeps too many good things from happening. Frost and davis, dissect the causes of legislative gridlock and offer a common sense, along with a wealth of anecdotes and photos, with great insight and skill, bipartisan plan for making our Congress function again.

The preface by pulitzer prize finalist david eisenhower sets the stage for this powerful behind-the-scenes narrative that uncovers the past road to the present political gridlock — and then offers thought-provoking insights and possibilities for the way out. A wide array of republicans, bi-partisan, democrats, have come together in broad, as well as many of today’s most highly respected news correspondents and analysts, and congressional colleagues, former presidents, consensus support for this book and its message.

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The American Senate: An Insider's History

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Oxford University Press #ad - Johnson accelerated the trend, tampering with the sacred principle of seniority in order to control issues such as committee assignments. Thoughtful and incisive, the American Senate: An Insider's History transforms our understanding of Congress's upper house. Winner of the society for history in the Federal Government's George Pendleton Prize for 2013The United States Senate has fallen on hard times.

Baker, former chief congressional correspondent for Time magazine, and Neil MacNeil, historian emeritus of the Senate, integrate nearly a century of combined experience on Capitol Hill with deep research and state-of-the-art scholarship. Rampant filibustering, the authors find, was the ironic result of the passage of 1960s civil rights legislation.

The American Senate: An Insider's History #ad - It took flight with committees on the conduct of the civil war, Reconstruction, and World War II; and it gained a high profile with Joseph McCarthy's rampage against communism, Estes Kefauver's organized-crime hearings the first to be broadcast, and its Watergate investigation. The authors also explore the senate's potent investigative power, and show how it began with an inquiry into John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

They explore the senate's historical evolution with one eye on persistent structural pressures and the other on recent transformations. Within the book are surprises as well. Once known as the greatest deliberative body in the world, it now has a reputation as a partisan, dysfunctional chamber.

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The American Senate: An Insider's History

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Oxford University Press #ad - Here, disastrous visit to the chamber on august 22, through now-forgotten conflicts with Presidents Garfield and Cleveland, for example, are the Senate's struggles with the presidency--from George Washington's first, 1789, to current war powers disputes. What happened to the house that forged American history's great compromises?In this groundbreaking work, a distinguished journalist and an eminent historian provide an insider's history of the United States Senate.

No longer stigmatized as a white-supremacist tool, its use became routine, especially as the Senate became more partisan in the 1970s. They explore the senate's historical evolution with one eye on persistent structural pressures and the other on recent transformations. For example, the office of majority leader first acquired real power in 1952--not with Lyndon Johnson, but with Republican Robert Taft.

The American Senate: An Insider's History #ad - Johnson accelerated the trend, tampering with the sacred principle of seniority in order to control issues such as committee assignments. Once known as the greatest deliberative body in the world, it now has a reputation as a partisan, dysfunctional chamber. The authors also explore the senate's potent investigative power, and show how it began with an inquiry into John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

. Within the book are surprises as well. Richard A.

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Surviving Inside Congress

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Congressional Institute, Inc. #ad - Congressional staff are the unseen, unheard workers that make much of the legislative process possible. Want to serve the public? save the world? Conquer Capitol Hill? Learn the ins-and-outs of life as a congressional staffer. Surviving inside congress has also been revised and expanded to reflect important political developments that occurred during the 113th Congress 2013-2014.

It also provides members of Congress, government-relations professionals, students and private citizens with new insights into America s legislature. Surviving inside congress, however, arms staff with critical information and insights to help them advance their careers in Washington. The fourth edition, polarization, discusses: who s who how a bill becomes a law the committee system The Federal budget process Communications with constituents and the media Partisanship, with about 70 additional pages of new material, and civility And many other topics essential for a successful career serving Congress Learn how to thrive in Washington with Surviving Inside Congress.

Surviving Inside Congress #ad - Despite their dedication and natural talents, few experiences can prepare them for life on the Hill.

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The Lanahan Readings in the American Polity

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Lanahan Pub Inc #ad - Lanahan Pub Inc. The lanahan readings offers some of the best political writing, past and present. This collection continues to be the most comprehensive in coverage of the American political landscape, the most diverse in authorship, and source, topic, and the least expensive for students.

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Congress and Its Members Sixteenth Edition

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CQ Press #ad - The gold standard for congress courses for over 30 years Congress and Its Members, Sixteenth Edition, by Roger H. Oleszek, Frances E. Lanahan Pub Inc. Lee, offers readers current, and eric schickler, comprehensive coverage of Congress and the legislative process by examining the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of politicians constantly seeking re-election.

. Davidson, Walter J. Always balancing great scholarship with currency, charts, exhibits, the best-seller features lively case material along with relevant data, maps, and photos. The sixteenth edition of this best-selling text considers the 2016 elections and discusses the agenda of the new Congress, lobbying, as well as covering changes to budgeting, reapportionment, judicial appointments, party and committee leadership changes, and partisan polarization, White House–Capitol Hill relations, campaign finance, rules, public attitudes about Congress, and procedures.

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Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process

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CQ Press #ad - Through an array of interesting examples, case studies, and the authors’ personal anecdotes, this definitive work delivers timely explanation and analysis of the nation’s premier lawmaking institution. Lanahan Pub Inc. Oleszek and new co-authors Mark Oleszek, Elizabeth Rybicki, and Bill Heniff, Jr. Author Walter J.

. Do not shy away from the complexity of the topic, yet they ensure that the operations of Congress are clearly explained. Congressional procedures and the policy process examines the entire arc of the legislative process―from a bill’s introduction, to its signature into law, to congressional review of the law’s administrative implementation―and the many procedural pitfalls that exist along the way.

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Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process

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CQ Press #ad - Lanahan Pub Inc. Updates include an analysis of budget "brinksmanship, " the increased used of "filling the tree" in the senate, and a look at how the oversight approach of Congress triggers legislative-executive clashes. Not shying away from the complexity of the topic, Oleszek ensures that the machinations of Congress are understandable through an array of interesting examples, cases, and anecdotes that he is particularly well-positioned to witness and experience first-hand.

Walter oleszek′s definitive work, congressional Pocedures and the Policy Process, examines how the majority and minority parties use procedural devices to achieve their political goals and offers an assessment of the role of conference committees in reconciling bicameral differences. As a governing body, Congress continually adapts to changes in process and practice.

Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process #ad - This procedural context governs every aspect of the House and Senate and affects lawmakers as they make voting decisions, expedite or delay legislation, or defeat a bill.

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Congress and Its Members

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CQ Press #ad - Oleszek, Frances E. In the fifteenth edition, authors Roger H. Lanahan Pub Inc. Lee, and eric Schickler offer comprehensive coverage of the U. S. Always balancing great scholarship with currency, Fifteenth Edition features lively case material along with relevant data, maps, Congress and Its Members, exhibits, charts, and photos.

Davidson, Walter J. Congress and its members has been the gold standard for Congress courses for thirty years. Congress and the legislative process by examining the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of politicians constantly seeking re-election. The fifteenth edition considers the 2014 midterm elections and discusses the agenda of the new Congress, party and committee leadership changes, and partisan polarization, as well as covering changes to budgeting, campaign finance, rules, public attitudes about Congress, lobbying, judicial appointments, White House–Capitol Hill relations, reapportionment, and procedures.

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Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do about It

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Sunbury Press, Inc. #ad - Partisans now view those with differing opinions as the enemy. Money flows into campaigns at unprecedented rates. Lanahan Pub Inc. A respected political moderate known for working with both sides of the aisle, Altmire during his time in office was recognized as having the most centrist voting record in the entire House of Representatives.

Fast-paced and easily-readable, Dead Center moves beyond the tired rhetoric that so often dominates our political discourse. Featuring a cast of characters including donald trump, hillary and bill Clinton, Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Dead Center contains riveting anecdotes from Altmire's time in office, giving readers an inside view of what it is like to be a centrist in a divided Congress.

Altmire draws upon his first-hand experience in the corridors of power to evaluate the root causes of polarization and offer novel solutions to break the gridlock and restore to Washington a spirit of cooperation nonexistent today. All the while, ordinary Americans feel disenfranchised, watching in disgust as our political process has been hijacked by ideological extremists.

Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do about It #ad - A former three-term member of Congress, Jason Altmire is uniquely qualified to offer solutions to the polarization that has paralyzed Washington. Social media provides the most irrational partisans a venue to spew their hatred and bias. Centrists are nearly extinct in Congress, where compromise has become a dirty word.

Town hall meetings, once the staple of representative democracy, have degenerated into choreographed shouting matches.

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