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You've Won the Presidential Campaign -- Now Can You Govern?

Max Stier | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Max Stier

The peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a hallmark of American democracy. But behind the pomp and pageantry, the transition between administrations is rushed, chaotic and can be dangerous to our national security.

Obama's Political Nominees for Ambassadorial Positions

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

The United States is the only major country that still nominates non-career persons as its ambassadors to foreign countries. These persons' main qualification is that they raised large sums of money for the president's electoral campaigns.

The Tao of Political Ambassadors

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You don't have to know anything, or have any specific background or training, to be the president's personal representative abroad and conduct foreign policy on behalf of the World's Most Powerful Nation.

Republicans Are the Reason Secretary Sebelius Won't Resign

John Hudak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Hudak

Kathleen Sebelius will stay, and Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. Why is this? In an ironic twist of fate the Republican Party's obsession with filibustering, delaying, or holding executive branch nominations will finally have negative consequences for the GOP instead of the president.

Do it Like Canadians: Does Their Governing Structure Offer a Solution to Our Dysfunction?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In our government, the president's top deputies are partisan appointments, part of a thick layer of political appointees that run every important council and agency in the government.

Reading Tea Leaves of Political Appointments Not Yet Made

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Many in the punditocracy and D.C.'s strategic class are hyperventilating about these candidates and what we think Obama will do and won't do with scant evidence or commentary from the president or his team.

Obama As Executive-In-Chief

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive commentary for Politico. President Barack Obama has worn many hats these last two years -- including co...

Stakes Are Too High for Posts to Stay Vacant

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

One year into Obama's term, about 200 of the roughly 500 top Senate-confirmed administration positions are still unfilled. We've seen this play before.

The "Yes We Can" Multiplier

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

There are probably few groups as savagely maligned as career public servants, but they are the folks - the only folks -- who know how to turn good policy into good programs that actually work.

Fixing the Bailout Bureaucracy

Paul C. Light | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul C. Light

Here are 10 ideas Congress should consider to start building toward a more accountable bureaucracy.