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Lee H. Hamilton

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Governing by crisis

After Congress came within a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people.

Learning to be a citizen

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

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Looking forward by looking back

With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead.

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Look up Americans, it’s not as bad as you think

We are one glum country.

What lies ahead?

Given all the words and images devoted to the recent midterm elections, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country.

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Fixing a failing government

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails - and that we need to address this.

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There’s really no mystery why incumbents get re-elected

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.

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Here’s what our country needs from the press

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington D.C. spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines.

I still have faith in Congress

It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress.

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Fixing Congress

These are hard times for Congress.

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Dogged journalism a blessing, not a curse

Let’s start with the obvious: a democracy needs intelligence agencies.

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