Research & Commentary


Overincarceration in Local Jails
Jesse Kelley

Every year, across the United States, 11 million people are admitted into local jails. Of that vast number of justice-involved Americans, nearly 75 percent are being held for nonviolent traffic,…

In response to HB 7 and SB 72, related to “Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19”
Marc Hyden

Chairman and members of the committee,

My name is Marc Hyden, and I am the director of state government affairs for the R Street Institute, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy…

, Lawfare
SolarWinds Is Bad, but Retreat From Defend Forward Would Be Worse
Gary Corn

The SolarWinds breach has kicked up a lot of dust. It’s thick, obscuring and deeply concerning. It’s also a long way from settling. But that hasn’t slowed the quick and steady drumbeat of…

Re-entering JCPOA: Keeping the Options Open to Avoid a Nuclear Iran
Tatyana Bolton & Roya Butler

With the transition of administrations and the insurrection on the Capitol last week, a distracted United States offers the perfect opening to enemies eager to use our internecine fights as an…

, Lawfare
The Parler Breach and the Capitol Rioters
Paul Rosenzweig

Nobody needs a summary of the events of last week. The seditious insurrection in the Capitol will live in American memory for many years to come. As Congress turns its attention to presidential…

, Legislative Procedure
Hurdles to Convicting Trump After He Leaves Office
James Wallner

Democrats in the House of Representatives are set to impeach Donald Trump, making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. They accuse the president of encouraging his…

The Conservative Case for Greater Birth Control Access
Courtney Joslin & C. Jarrett Dieterle

Press release: How Broader Birth Control Access Aligns with Conservative Values and Policy Agendas

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Letter to Congressional Staff
Jonathan Bydlak

Dear Congressional staff:

We write to express our profound sadness and outrage at the shocking events of January 6, and our commitment to supporting you in these difficult times.

As our…

No, Beijing, the Hong Kong protests and Capitol riots are not the same
Kathryn Waldron & Mary Brooks

But that doesn’t mean the United States is in the clear

Last Wednesday, much of the country watched in horror as a Trump-incited mob stormed the Capitol building, interrupting the certification…

, The Newnan Times-Herald
Storming the capitol, a lesson from old Rome
Marc Hyden

Americans were glued to their television sets last Wednesday as they watched pro-Trump protesters storm the U.S. Capitol—drawing quick rebukes from most, but not all, politicians. The…