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Triumphs and tragedies of the modern Congress : case studies in legislative leadership

Author: Maxmillian Angerholzer
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, 2014.
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Published in partnership with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, this book offers insightful examinations of congressional success and failure from the New Deal to today by  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maxmillian Angerholzer
ISBN: 9781440831997 1440831998 1440833354 9781440833359
OCLC Number: 874098926
Notes: "Published in partnership with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, this book offers insightful examinations of congressional success and failure from the New Deal to today by leading political scholars and journalists. This analysis identifies lessons learned throughout history relevant to present and future politics"--Provided by publisher.
Description: xxi, 416 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Section I: "Congress 101" --
An "invitation to struggle" : Congress and the Constitution / Norman Ornstein --
Building blocks of legislation : congressional committees and procedures / C. Lawrence Evans --
Zero-sum governing : the permanent campaign / Norman Ornstein --
The influence business : lobbying in Washington / Lee Drutman --
Section II: The individuals who shaped the modern Congress --
Sam Rayburn : the power of persuasion / Anthony Champagne --
Gerald Ford : a politician without enemies / Richard Reeves --
Thomas "Tip" O'Neill : New Deal champion / John A. Farrell --
Dan Rostenkowski : the deal-maker / Richard Cohen --
Newt Gingrich : the partisan revolutionary / Linda Killian --
Tom DeLay : power and hubris / Jan Reid --
Dennis Hastert : the accidental speaker / Michael Dorning --
Nancy Pelosi : the pioneer / Elaine S. Povich --
Richard Russell Jr. : patriarch of the Senate / Sheryl B. Vogt --
Robert A. Taft : Mr. Republican / James Patterson --
Lyndon B. Johnson : presidential legislator / Joseph A. Califano Jr. --
Jesse Helms : the unapologetic conservative / David B. Frisk --
Edward "Ted" Kennedy : a liberal lion / Susan Milligan --
Sam Nunn : strategic leadership / David M. Abshire --
Richard G. Lugar : statesman of the Senate / John T. Shaw --
John McCain : the happy warrior / Joe Lieberman --
Section III: Congress and domestic policy --
Regulating sunrise and sunset : the long arm of the Commerce Clause / Susan Sullivan Lagon --
In Roosevelt's shadow : the New Deal Congress / Patrick Maney --
Dawn of a new era : building the modern Congress / Ross K. Baker --
Defeating Jim Crow : the 1965 Voting Rights Act / Kareem U. Crayton --
Great Society milestones : Medicare and Medicaid / Marilyn Moon --
The power of the purse : rethinking runaway debt and a broken budgeting process / Jason J. Fichtner --
Myth and reality of the safety net : the 1983 Social Security reforms / Rudolph G. Penner --
Bygone bipartisanship : the Tax Reform Act of 1986 / Richard Cohen --
Grand bargain or grand collapse : the case of immigration reform / Muzaffar Chishti and Charles Kamasaki --
Showdown over judicial nominations : Robert Bork / Mark Gitenstein --
A Republican revolution : the 1994 Contract with America / Linda Killian --
Compromise amid bitter partisanship : the welfare reform law of 1996 / Ron Haskins --
The backfire of unintended consequences : the 1997 Balanced Budget Act / Scott Lilly --
Before money was speech : campaign finance reform / Susan Milligan --
Federal reform of education : No Child Left Behind / Patrick McGuinn --
Section IV: Congress and national security --
FDR versus congressional isolationists : the road to World War II / Carl Cannon --
A superpower's foundation : the National Security Act of 1947 / Katherine A. Scott --
Un-American investigations : McCarthyism and the red scare / Ellen Schrecker --
A blank check for war : the Gulf of Tonkin resolution / Marvin Kalb --
From draftees to professionals : the all-volunteer force / James Kitfield --
Congress takes a stand : the 1973 War Powers Resolution / Dan Mahaffee --
Shining a light on spycraft : the Church and Pike committees / Loch K. Johnson --
Against all odds : the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization / James Kitfield --
The triumph of process over politics : the base closure commissions / David Berteau --
A powers tug-of-war : the Iraq War Resolutions / James Kitfield --
An imperfect compromise : "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" / James Kitfield --
License to spy : the USA PATRIOT Act / James Kitfield --
Reforming national intelligence : the 911 Commission / Michael Allen --
Changing course in a time of war : Congress and the 2006 Iraq Study Group / Jordan Tama --
Section V: Congress and presidential scandal --
A president resigns : the Watergate Scandal / Keith Olson --
In Watergate's shadow : the Iran-Contra scandal / Ross Cheit --
Political warfare on the Potomac : the Lewinsky scandal and Clinton impeachment / Kirk Victor.
Responsibility: Maxmillian Angerholzer III, James Kitfield, Christopher P. Lu, and Norman Ornstein, editors ; foreword by David M. Abshire.

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