Volume 5

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Fixing our broken government

History shows how America has survived partisan gridlock before—and can do so again

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Briefing Room

Winning over Capitol Hill

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An insider’s account of congressional relations in the first year

September 12, 2016 Jeff Chidester and Tony Lucadamo

Healing the fractures

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U.S. News & World Report on the First Year project's efforts to help the next president

August 26, 2016 Sheila Blackford

Managing dissent

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Boris Heersink explains how the next president will have to manage relations internally and externally

August 25, 2016 Boris Heersink

Scenario planning in extraordinary times

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Nicole Mellow argues that although Trump is no Goldwater, there may be a political realignment on the horizon

August 24, 2016 Nicole Mellow

Building the party

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Laura Blessing argues that the next president should strengthen their party using message, money, and policy

August 23, 2016 Laura Blessing

Flexibility won’t go far enough

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Benjamin Holtzman argues that the national crises of homelessness and affordable housing require federal solutions

August 18, 2016 Benjamin Holtzman

The promise and perils of going local

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Tracy Steffes cautions that going local can exacerbate inequalities

August 16, 2016 Tracy Steffes

Which first year?

Reagan Presidential Library

Saladin Ambar tries to make sense of successful (and not-so successful) presidential first years

August 11, 2016 Saladin Ambar

Block parties

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David Dagan explains the partisan edge of the "new American localism"

August 04, 2016 David Dagan

Beyond partisanship

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Emily Baer discusses how to fix strained congressional-presidential relations

August 02, 2016 Emily Baer

Philadelphia lessons for the next CEO of the USA

Democratic leaders consider what private sector transitions can teach our next president

August 01, 2016 Bill Antholis and Jeff Chidester

Federal fuel for New American Localism

Three ways our next president can facilitate local growth

July 27, 2016 Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution

GOP leaders ponder a CEO in chief

What private sector transitions can—and cannot—teach the next president?

July 25, 2016 Bill Antholis and Jeff Chidester

Empowering cities

Bruce Katz says the federal government should bypass states to interact directly with cities and metropolitan areas

July 20, 2016 Bruce Katz

Fixing our broken government: Essays

Peaceful transfer

Alan Taylor

The worst first year

Gary W. Gallagher

Go local

Bruce Katz

Scenario planning

Kyle Kondik


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