Patricia Murphy covers national politics for the Daily Beast and is a former Hill staffer, most recently working as communications director for then-Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) from 2001 to 2003.
Murphy also writes a column for Roll Call and has a great piece today there based on her interviews with a number of present and former Hill staffers responding to the question of things they wish they had known when they worked on the Senate or House side.
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There is likely no greater mistake when working on Capitol Hill than including a contradiction of logic or fact in a one-pager making the case for a legislative proposal, composing a position paper on a bill scheduled for a vote on the floor, or drafting remarks for your boss when she speaks to an important group this weekend back home in the district.
There are people working for Congress who eat, sleep and live detecting, exposing and criticizing contradictions among political opponents, as well as journalists, lobbyists and talking heads doing the same, so it’s no wonder aides to senators and representatives tend to be hyper-sensitive about consistency.
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For folks who aren’t biochemists, the headline above likely makes no sense, but Reasons To Believe’s Fazale Rana, who is a biochemist, is also a solid write who knows how to make complexity understandable.
That’s fortunate for the rest of us because there is huge news on the biochemistry front that sounds like a potential paradigm shifter for our understanding of DNA.
It all has to do with interruptions. You know, that irritating legislative director in Rayburn or the haughty communications director over on the Senate side who won’t let you finish a sentence without interrupting you. And that has immense implications for the evolution vs. creation debate.
Want to hear more?
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What does a 16-year-old American traveling across Eastern Europe do when she sees young kids begging on the street and learns they are there because of Russian human traffickers?
For Emily Kennedy, co-founder of Pittsburgh-based Marinus Analytics, that experience was her introduction to the horrendous world of human trafficking, which exists everywhere on Earth and encompasses men and women, but especially young girls, who are forced into everything from prostitution to petty street crimes.
And why should anybody working on Capitol Hill know about this millennial?
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Things, including people, tend to change over time and, according to the conventional wisdom of many of the top folks among the scientific and cultural elite, if you combine enough time with the right kind of matter and the phenomenon called “chance,” you get to evolution as an explanation of the origins of life on Earth.
Note that the phrase can either refer to theistic evolution, which God uses, or a-theistic evolution, which puts God entirely out of the picture. There is also an important distinction to be made between macro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of distinct species, and micro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of changes within species.
So why should anybody working on Capitol Hill care about this?
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There is an unfortunately tense debate in America on homosexuality and, thanks to the rise of politically correct intolerance in the public square, it is increasingly difficult to move the discussion in constructive directions.
Congress is one of the major focuses in the debate and congressional staff on every side of the issues are called upon every day by their bosses to make tough and significant decisions and recommendations about legislation, regulation and positioning. Careers can rise and fall on those decisions and recommendations.
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It’s Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, and for the first time I am doing something I have eagerly anticipated for a long time. I am sitting in a Dirksen Senate Office Building food shop doing “office hours.”
No, not office hours like college professors keep because I’m not here grading, or judging, anybody. Rather, I will be spending a couple of hours a day several days each week simply working in one of the many places throughout the Capitol complex where folks refuel and refresh.
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