Capitol Ink | A Visit from the Easter Barr-ney

Capitol Ink | Redaction Advisory System

Capitol Ink | Political Black Hole

Capitol Ink | Justice Barred

Dear senators: More conflict please

Maybe a little MORE conflict is what the Senate needs to get out of its funk. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate pushed the nuclear option, again, to change its rules so judicial and executive nominees are subject to less debate. With a debate that featured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivering such eloquent bon mots as “He started it!” at Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, it’s fair to ask what it will take to restore the chamber to a place that looks like it’s populated with adults. 

“Ironically, I think it’s going to take more conflict,” says James Wallner, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, former Senate aide and all-around procedural badass.

Capitol Ink | The Party of Health Care

Why we should care that the Senate will debate less
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 64

The Senate changed its rules, again, and the result will be less debate on judicial and executive nominees. The result could have ramifications for civil discourse. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Capitol Ink | Fox View From The White House

Capitol Ink | Mueller Movie

Will Mueller matter in 2020?
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 63

President Donald Trump alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has been trumpeting the Mueller report. But will it matter to voters in 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)