Democratic Institutions


, Law & Liberty
Make America Diverse Again
James Wallner

E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one. The motto, emblazoned on one side of the Great Seal of the United States, succinctly captures the dual nature of the American founding. With just thirteen letters,…

R Street Heads Up Coalition Letter to 2020 Presidential Hopefuls on Court Packing
Aubrey Neal

June 3, 2019

Candidate for President of the United States:

We the undersigned write to congratulate you on your
candidacy for president of the United States. Our nation’s current…

, The Atlantic
Trump’s Defiance of the Rule of Law
Paul Rosenzweig

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that his administration is the “most transparent in history,” and that it has “cooperated totally” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s…

Fight Over Mueller Report Strains the Governance System
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Over the last week, tremendous tension has arisen between the executive and legislative branches concerning the contents and release of special counsel Mueller’s investigative report,…

Department of Justice Obstructs Administrative Norm of ‘Duty to Defend’
Anthony Marcum & Aubrey Neal


Last week, the Justice Department notified a federal appeals court that it now agrees with a district judge’s December ruling that because the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual…

, The Huffington Post
Women Hold Just As Many Congressional Committee Jobs As Men But Are Paid Less
Media Coverage

From The Huffington Post:

Women working in some of the most coveted jobs on Capitol Hill face a pervasive pay gap and are underrepresented on many of Congress’ most powerful committees, a…

Presidential Candidates Toy with Idea of Expanding the Supreme Court, Endangering Judicial Norms
Anthony Marcum & Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Monday, Politico reported that
numerous Democratic presidential candidates have “not rule[d] out expanding the
Supreme Court if elected president.” 

Such a…

House Unanimously Urges DOJ to Make Mueller Report Public
Aubrey Neal

On March 14, 2019, the House passed a non-binding
resolution 420-0 encouraging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publicly
release the full text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report…

Representatives Testify to Strengthen Congress, Call for In-House Reform for First Time in Three Decades
Aubrey Neal

On March 12, 2019, the newly established House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress gaveled in for the first time, commencing their session with a Members Day hearing.  Thirty-five…

Resolution to Terminate President Trump’s Declared National Emergency Passes Both Chambers of Congress
Aubrey Neal

On March 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted 59-41 in support of H.J. Res. 46, a resolution to terminate the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, which was declared by…