Political Civility


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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,…

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…

“We offer two arguments against allowing a president—any president, regardless of party—to circumvent congressional authority.” 26 former members of Congress urge their successors to uphold the Constitution
Aubrey Neal


On Feb. 25, the Project on Government
Oversight (POGO) published an open letter to current Republican members of Congress signed by 26
of their predecessors. In…

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just does not work that way.” – President Trump, SOTU 2019
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update 

Congress’ powers
of investigation and oversight are necessary for the health and stability of
American democracy. Congressional investigation is not a phenomenon unique to

25-day shutdown exemplifies changing norms in America’s governing institutions
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Jan. 15, 2019, marks day 25 of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown that began on Dec. 22. Not terribly long ago, spending bills were enacted before the end of the fiscal year….

“Vulgarity won’t drive out vulgarity, and bullying won’t drive out bullies” – Standards of public officials’ behavior continue to degrade without consequence.
Aubrey Neal


“Vulgarity won’t drive out vulgarity, and bullying won’t drive out bullies”

On Jan. 3 at a public reception, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., referred to the President…

Nikki Haley on polarization
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Increased polarization and political volatility are creating lasting effects on America’s standards of political discourse. Addressing this shifting norm, former US Ambassador to the…