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Comments on Congress: Why civility matters

Given everything that’s been taking place on Capitol Hill, I’d guess you missed the announcement a few months back that the House Civility Caucus has been revived. It would be hard to call this ear... Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    April 14, 2023

Comments on Congress: Why trustworthiness matters in our democracy

Early this year, the Gallup organization came out with a survey of Americans on how they view the ethics of various professions. Nurses ranked at the top. Doctors, pharmacists, and high school... Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    March 17, 2023

Being a good citizen is harder now

A couple of decades ago, I wrote a book in which I talked about what it takes to be a good citizen in a representative democracy like ours. I thought the principles I laid out were timeless, but I... Full story


Guest view: Moving forward means finding common ground

I don’t know about you, but I [wasn’t] inclined to make many predictions about the outcome of the midterm elections this year. There’s one prediction, though, that I think is safe: After the dust...


Comments on Congress: Why political skills matter

Now that this year’s primaries are over and general election campaigns are revving up, it’s time to take a step back. I know, it seems an odd thing to do when all the media attention is shifting to... Full story


Guest view: Congress shows negotiation can work

There are two especially striking aspects to the "Inflation Reduction Act," the sprawling climate-change/tax-reform/health-care legislation that just passed Congress and was signed into law by...

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    August 5, 2022

Comments on Congress: Jan. 6 Committee reminds us of what Congress can do

Watching the hearings held by the Jan. 6 committee as it delves into last year’s events at the U.S. Capitol and what lay behind them, I’ve been struck by what you might think of as the “me... Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    June 3, 2022

Op-Ed: Why good investigative journalism matters

Recently, a couple of reporters at The New York Times published an intriguing story about conversations between House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his leadership team. It was... Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    May 6, 2022

Comments on Congress: Bipartisanship isn't dead, but…

Having just watched a Supreme Court nominee supported by a comfortable majority of Americans draw just three Republican votes in the Senate, you could be forgiven for thinking bipartisanship in...


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