The Importance of Public Opinion and Congress

Congress follows public opinion quite closely. In fact, public opinion and Congress have a relationship in which public opinion can change the course of actions taken by Congress while at the same time Congress frequently seeks to influence public opinion. photo credit: The Democratic Alliance If it is your goal to drive the actions of … Read more

Recent Books by TheCapitol.Net Faculty

Here are books published in the last year or so by some of TheCapitol.Net’s faculty. Mark Feldstein unearthed significant new information from more than two hundred interviews and thousands of declassified documents and tapes in Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture. One Amazon reviewer wrote, “This detailed … Read more

Understanding the Role of Party Leaders

Given the size of Congress, consisting of 535 members, it can sometimes be difficult to understand the role of various members and how Congress goes about establishing agendas. photo credit: dougww Just after each election, members of each political party for both Congressional chambers meet in order to elect party leaders. These positions are important … Read more